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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Acton, Town — Population 40,000 2 

SECTION A 

In Appreciation 3 

Selectmen's Report 4 

Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report 6 

SECTION B 

Town Clerk's Report 25 

SECTION C 

Acton School Department Report and 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report 71 

SECTION D 

Archives Committee 109 

Board of Appeals 110 

Building Committee 110 

Building Inspector Ill 

Cemetery Commissioners 112 

Conservation Commission 114 

Civil Defense Agency 113 

Dog Officer 115 

Elizabeth White Fund 115 

Engineering Department 116 

Fire Department 117 

Goodnow Fund 119 

Health 120 

Industrial Development Commission 125 

Inspector of Animals 126 

Inspector of Wires 127 

Insurance Committee 127 

Library 128 

Moth Superintendent 130 

Personnel Board 130 

Planning Board 131 

Police Department 133 

Recreation Commission 137 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 139 

Street Light Committee 139 

Superintendent of Streets 140 

Town Forest Committee 141 

Tree Warden 142 

Veterans' Services 142 

Welfare 143 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 144 

SECTION E 

Accountant 145 

Assessors 164 

Collector 165 

State Auditor's Report 170 

Treasurer 182 

SECTION F 

Town Officers and Appointments 199 

Jury List 207 

Federal and State Officers 209 



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1961 



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226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



ACTON, TOWN — POPULATION 40,000 

Can you imagine the Town of Acton with a population of 40,000 
people? According to the recently completed Comprehensive Town Plan 
Report, it will be possible for Acton to grow to a town of this size if 
the present half-acre residential laws remain in effect. In the event that 
Acton reaches such a population, will your present water supply still be as 
pure and useable as it is today? Will you have enough water, if 39,000 
other people need water too? What will you do with waste water? Will 
your drainage system be too close to your neighbor's yard? 

40,000 people would own a considerable number of cars. Would 
half of these cars be using the street in front of your house both morning 
and evening? What would happen to the value of your property, if the 
street is widened or rerouted? 

An estimate of 9,3°0 school children has been made according to 
present trends in a total population of 40,000. Would these children 
be transported morning and afternoon by school bus service? Where 
will this number of children go to school ? 

Will Acton be a town consisting of house after house with no fields, 
woods, or green areas? Where will you go for a family picnic, a ball 
game, or a swim on a hot afternoon? 

A town of 40,000 people would require an adequate police force, a 
full time fire department, garbage and waste disposal services. What 
would these services do to your tax rate? 

In 1959, the Town of Acton voted $8,000.00 to pay a consulting 
firm to study growth problems in the town. If we are to receive a fair 
return for the money spent on this study, you, the taxpayer, should know 
as much as possible about the proposed plans for Acton's future growth. 
Extra copies of the complete Comprehensive Plan have been made and 
are available at the Town Hall for a nominal fee. The better informed 
all the residents of the Town are concerning the report, the better we can 
carry out the recommendations of the Plan as they best suit the welfare 
of each citizen and the town as a whole. Where changes or restudy of 
the Plan are indicated, they can best be accomplished by an informed 
public opinion. 

Featured in this Annual Report is a summary of the complete Com- 
prehensive Plan Report. It is fitting to emphasize here that the Compre- 
hensive Plan is not a law or a prediction of what must happen in Acton. 
It is a study with recommendations based on a thorough analysis of the 
town and on many meetings with citizens at large and with town officials. 
We urge each taxpayer to read the plans for the future growth of Acton. 

Read the Comprehensive Plan so that when articles come before you 
at Town Meeting about zoning, a town water supply, a town sewerage 
plant, new roads, new schools, conservation and recreation, you will know 
the reasons behind the articles. Read the Comprehensive Plan so that you 
may vote wisely for the best interests of the Town and for yourselves. 



SECTION A 



In Appreciation 3 

Selectmen's Report 4 

Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report 6 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 




IN APPRECIATION OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE 



Actonians will miss the familiar sight of Mr. Durkee behind his 
desk at Town Hall when he retires from public sen-ice in March 1962. 
First employed by the Town in March 1919, Mr. Durkee served on the 
Board of Assessors for 39 years. 30 years as Chairman. He presided as 
Moderator at Town Meeting for 25 years from 1933 to 195" 7 . inclusive. 

We who know Mr. Durkee personally or by reputation must admire 
his loyal and conscientious performance requiring much time and effort 
over the years and given so willingly to his native town. His extensive 
knowledge of Acton and devotion to her indeed will be difficult to replace. 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton: 

We hereby submit reports of the several departments under the 
supervision of the Board of Selectmen. 

During the year 1961, the Board held fifty-two regular meetings and 
twenty-nine special meetings. In addition to these, the Board attended 
several meetings of the Middlesex County Selectmen's Association and 
several Hearings at the State House.. 

During the year, an Assistant Town Engineer was secured to better 
enable the Engineering Department to handle the work which is being 
required of it. 

Layouts of eleven streets were completed and after necessary hear- 
ings, were presented to the Town at a Special Town Meeting on Decem- 
ber 18, 1961 and were approved. However, there are many more layouts 
which need to be made of the streets in Acton. 

Upon the recommendation of the Personnel Board and the Town's 
approval of Article 13 of the 1961 Annual Meeting, an outside consulting 
firm has submitted a very complete report of job descriptions and salary 
and wage schedules of all appointed full time and part-time employees 
which should be of great value to the Town. Article 4 of the warrant for 
the 1962 Annual Town Meeting presents the Personnel By-Law for the 
Town's approval and favorable action is strongly recommended. 

In observing the rapid growth of any community and especially that 
of Acton, there are certain needs or positions which appear to be quite 
necessary in order that the Town efficiently control this fast expansion. 
The Board of Selectmen has recommended to the Board of Health that 
favorable consideration be given to the securing of a Sanitary Engineer, 
at least on a part-time basis, to guide us in the immediate future. 

As many steps have been taken during the past several years to meet 
the demands made on town officials, once again plans are being made to 
aid in the expansion program. This program not only pertains to per- 
sonnel, but to office space as well. In 1962 it is proposed to increase the 
Clerical Staff of the Selectmen so that full time clerical assistance can be 
provided for the Board of Assessors, and for the offices of Treasurer and 
Town Collector. This in turn will require changes in the present arrange- 
ments, the cost of which is being covered in a special article. 

Favorable action is requested on an article for the purchase of a new 
shovel loader and the turning in of the present one. This piece of equip- 
ment seems to be the work horse of the Highway Department and it is 
advisable to make a change before maintenance costs become too great. 



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For several years now, mention has been made of the necessity of a 
new Police Station. This has been delayed, we believe, due to the fact 
that it was desirable to complete the program of replacing the old fire 
houses first. Now that this program has been completed, an article has 
been inserted in the warrant for an appropriation to enable the Building 
Committee to obtain plans and construction costs for the new proposed 
Police Station. Favorable action is requested on this article. 

One of the many duties required of the Board of Selectmen either by 
statutes, by-laws, or otherwise, is the enforcing of the Town Zoning 
By-Laws and Earth Removal By-Law. These duties, along with many 
others are demanding more time than the Board feels it can give. The 
new duties of the Building Inspector, as covered in the Personnel By-Law, 
cover not only the duties as heretofore assigned, but also the enforcement 
of the Zoning By-Law and Earth Removal By-Law. For this reason it is 
recommended that the Building Inspector be a full time employee. Budget 
figures and articles have been prepared to provide for this change. 

Our report would be quite incomplete if we did not at this time 
make mention of the many, many years of faithful service that Mr. Albert 
Durkee has rendered to the Town of Acton. He like many others has 
been interested in his town, has served his town, and now the time has 
come when he feels someone else should carry on. We all wish him good 
health and happiness in the years ahead. 

To fulfill the duties required of a Board of Selectmen would be 
almost impossible if it were not for the full co-operation of the many 
departments, employees, boards, and committees. At this time we express 
our sincere appreciation to each and every employee as well as to the 
Citizens of Acton for their understanding and fine co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARTHUR W. LEE, 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY, 

Board of Selectmen. 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



A SUMMARY OF THE 
COMPREHENSIVE TOWN PLAN REPORT* 

Are you interested in your future tax rate? Do you worry about how 
the vacant land in your neighborhood will be used? These and other 
questions are answered in a report prepared by a Community and 
Regional Planning Consultant under the direction of the Town Planning 
Board. The report contains projections of future growth and recom- 
mendations for solutions to the problems which growth will bring. 

The general trend of population movement to the suburbs makes 
growth in Acton inevitable! The upward trend of population will 
probably continue for at least the next decade. There are several causes 
for this predicted growth. 

1. Large amounts of suitable vacant land. 

2. Geographical position of the Town in relation to the state 
highway system. 

3. Economic growth of Boston. 

4. High quality of community services available at reasonable 
cost. 



Material for this Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report 
consists of quotations and parts of quotations from The Master Plan 
Report . . . Planning Board . . . Acton, Massachusetts, September 
1961 submitted by Charles E. Downe, Planning Consultant. Copies 
are available at the Town Hall. 



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When a town grows, it usually becomes more prosperous, but with 
added size, there are added responsibilities for a community to its citizens. 
A well planned program for expansion will ease the expenses and 
problems of a growing community. Without future planning, the Town 
may grow in a jumbled fashion, a process which is expensive in the long 
run and difficult to repair after the fact. 

The Comprehensive Town Plan is a recommended plan for orderly 
growth in Acton. Among the subjects included in the report are Com- 
munity Facilities, Future Land Use, and Implementation (funding and 
town by-law changes). 

Six areas of the Community's responsibility to its citizens have been 
studied, namely, circulation (streets and roads), drainage, sewerage, edu- 
cation, recreation, and conservation. 

CIRCULATION 

The circulation system of Acton is very much like the circulation 
system of the human body. Life depends on it. The activities of all 
residents of the town are closely related to each other since they are all 
tied together by a single network of roads, streets and walks. 

The present system of roads in Acton is a charming but obsolete 
antique. The problems involved are compounded by the number of 
people whose only interest is to get through the town in the shortest time 
possible. The improvements in our street system recommended by the 
Comprehensive Plan are most urgent. They are urgent because all the 
other recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan are dependent upon a 
firm and efficient road plan. 

The changes are easy to accomplish because of public awareness and 
available help from larger governments, and from the subdivider. The 
present program of improvements have not and will not keep up with 
the demands. An accelerated and a different kind of a program is needed. 

There are various tools available to provide the means for implement- 
ing a good road and street plan. 

1. Adoption of an official map showing existing and proposed 
streets. No one may build except on streets shown on the 
official map of a community or on streets in accepted sub- 
divisions. 

2. Subdivision controls can require the subdivider to construct 
streets, walkways and parking areas to the specifications of the 
community. 

3. Purchase and construction by the town of streets with or with- 
out eminent domain. 



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4. Grants-in-aid are available in Chapters 80 and 90 of the Gen- 
eral Laws. These programs can solve many of the present 
problem spots such as intersections, street extensions, improve- 
ment of pavement widths and repaving. 

5. State highway construction can solve some of the problems such 
as parallel roads along Route 2. 

6. Urban renewal funds are available. 

7. Capital programming can plan and schedule improvements 
five or more years ahead. 

8. Traffic and engineering studies are essential to specific problems 
in any program. 

9. Betterment assessments for improvements and walkways are an 
accepted tool. 

10. Parking meter fees. 

11. Provide building set back lines on all existing ways for sight 
distance, future walks, and ultimate widening. 

A few of the most urgent improvements to the Town circulation 
system are listed below. 

1. There are twenty-five intersections in Acton that need improve- 
ment to relieve the bottle-necks of traffic. 

2. Route 2 needs a bridge at School Street, a cloverleaf at Hosmer, 
dead ends at Piper and Taylor Streets, parallel streets and 
improvements at the intersection with Route 111. 

For further recommendations which are considered urgent and essential 
to the community circulation program, please refer to the complete report. 

DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE 

The problem of drainage and sewerage is another community 
responsibility to its citizens studied and reported in the Comprehensive 
Town Plan. The present inadequacy of many existing surface drainage 
facilities is a problem of which many citizens are aware from personal 
experience. The relationship of the high water table at certain locations 
may be affecting the operation of cesspools and septic tanks and empha- 
sizes the importance of drainage in connection with the sewerage problem. 

The Fort Pond Brook drainage area (South and West Acton) is in 
the highest priority as far as solutions to the problem are concerned. The 
construction of town sewerage in this area might be put off for some time 
by a sound drainage program and strong, reasonable controls over land 
use, cesspools, septic tanks and new subdivisions. 



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The Nashoba Brook drainage area (North Acton) has no sanitary 
sewerage problem at the present. This situation could remain indefinitely 
if future growth is properly handled and controlled. 

Recommendations in the Comprehensive Town Plan for solutions to 
Acton's drainage and sewerage problem are listed below. 

Sewerage 

1. Compile and analyze specific data for each mal-functioning cess- 
pool or septic tank as reported to the Board of Health. 

2. Initiate a hard-headed building code enforcement program to 
bring substandard facilities in line with prevailing standards. 

3. Analyze and design each new subdivision with respect to a 
potential future sewer layout to serve all lots in the subdivision. 

4. Make application for a temporary Federal loan for general design 
of sewage treatment facilities for the Fort Pond Brook drainage 
area only. 

Drainage 

1. Continue the drainage surveys, studies and plans on an expanded 
basis and at an accelerated rate. 

2. Prepare a detailed study of conditions along Fort Pond Brook 
and its tributaries and outline a scheduled program for neces- 
sary improvements in drainage. 

3. Require a complete drainage study including grading of lots for 
each subdivision — with necessary improvements in subdivision 
to be done by developer. 

4. Develop a capital budget program and schedule for drainage 
studies and improvement program. 

EDUCATION 

The amount of money spent by a community for educational facilities 
is often more than is spent on all other community facilities. This being 
true, it is in the area of educational facilities that a well planned program 
is most essential. The Comprehensive Town Plan has studied the present 
facilities for education in Acton and found that they are adequate at this 
time, but they will not serve the needs of the community in the future. 

Two programs have been recommended for the Town to consider in 
planning for future school needs. The first program has a target date of 
1970. The second program has no definite date, but provides for the 
number of children estimated in the possible population growth in Acton 
to 40,000. It is predicted that the number of school children in a town 



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of this size would be approximately 9,300. For the purpose of this 
summary, only the 1970 target date has been considered. Further details 
may be found in the complete report. 

The projected population figure for the Town of Acton in 1970 is 
approximately 11,500. An estimated 3,200 children will be in grades 
from 1-12. While the recent centralization of the schools has resulted in 
improved quality of education, continued growth in population and inade- 
quate acreage at the present site for ultimate growth will make centrali- 
zation impractical as a continued program. 

The proposed school program is based on the concept that when 300 
or more children live within a one mile walking distance of a good school 
site, a school should be built there if it fits into the overall town demands. 
A school so located serves its pupils and neighborhood all day 52 weeks 
of the year. While there is no lack of good buildable land in Acton, 
land for schools must be of a particular type. The sites must be large 
(8 acres or more) to allow for level play fields. They must be located 
to serve safely and efficiently the homes and neighborhoods where the 
pupils live. Good school sites in a rapidly growing town must be found 
far in advance of the actual school need. There is already, in Acton, a 
scarcity of good school sites in the more populous sections of the town. 
There is an immediate need to buy sufficient sites for anticipated growth 
for at least the 1970 target date. Between the time when land is bought 
and the time when it is used for a school, it can be leased on short term 
basis or used for recreation. 

The Planning Board is firmly convinced that now is the time to 
begin action on the plans for future educational needs. The 1970 pro- 
posal, coordinated with the present expansion program as outlined by the 
School Superintendent, is the first stage of a plan for the future. 

The facilities plan calls for a twelve room elementary school near 
the junction of Summer and Willow Streets, a four room addition to the 
McCarthy School, and an eighteen room Junior High School adjacent to 
the present Regional High School. 

In April 1961, 270 pupils in grades 1 to 6 could have attended a 
school at the Summer- Willow Street site from the area within a one-mile 
walking distance. In 1965, the projected number of pupils in this area 
is about 350. In September 1970, the estimates indicate about 420 
pupils in grades 1 to 6 in this area. The preliminary procedures for the 
four room addition to the Julia McCarthy School have alreadv been 
started. 

According to the study of educational facilities, the present Regional 
High School will be operating in excess of its designed capacity in 1965. 
At about this time, additional secondary facilities will be needed. In 
1970, there will be a demand for about 400 more seats. It is recom- 



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mended that a Junior High School of this size be built between 1965 
and 1970 adjacent to the present Regional High School. The Junior 
High School should be placed so that it will not interfere with future 
High School expansion. It must be recognized that the present High 
School will not be adequate for the future needs of the town. 

Although it is not properly within the ten-year program, another 
elementary school will be needed so shortly after 1970 that it has been 
included in this part of the program. The recommended site is at the 
junction of Hosmer and Forest Roads. In I960, there were 105 pupils 
in grades 1 to 6 within the one-mile walking distance area. By 1970, 
approximately 400 pupils are anticipated in this area. 

The first step toward an expanded school system is the acquisition 
of good school sites. It is the opinion of the Planning Board that land 
for schools should have the highest priority of any town action. It is 
recommended that immediate action be initiated to acquire the following 
sites: 

Elementary site A Jet. Willow and Summer 10-20 acres 

Elementary site B Jet. Forest and Hosmer 10-20 acres 

Elementary site C Jet. Arlington and Charter 10-20 acres 

Elementary site D Between High and Main 10-20 acres 

Secondary site I Jet. Charter and Hayward 50-75 acres 

Secondary site II Jet. Brook and Main 25-50 acres 

RECREATION AND CONSERVATION 

While acquiring land which can be used temporarily for recreation 
purposes, the Town must at the same time consider land to be used for 
permanent recreation and conservation. As the Town becomes more 
densely settled, parks, playgrounds and open space become an absolute 
necessity, not only to provide the amenities desired but in maintaining 
the property values. It is of the utmost importance that the Town acquire 
open space for recreation and conservation as rapidly as the financial 
resources of the Town and private citizens will permit. Development of 
these areas can be carried out gradually. There is no intent in the Compre- 
hensive Plan to place all the responsibility for recreation and conservation 
upon local government. The policy of government which accepts responsi- 
bility only for those programs and services that cannot be adequately 
handled by private citizens and organizations is to be continued. There- 
fore, within the areas of recreation and conservation, the closest coopera- 
tion between private citizen, private organizations, local government and 
greater governments must be a primary requirement. 

Whether you are a native of Acton or a new resident, one of the rea- 
sons you live here may be because of the open spaces, fields, and woods, 



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With the inevitable population growth, Acton is in danger of losing its 
rural character. In terms of needs, this means that the opportunities for 
hunting, fishing, hiking, riding, and communing with nature are fast 
disappearing. The maintenance and improvement of these opportunities 
are basic needs for the Town. 

At the present time, the recreation facilities do not appear to be 
sufficient to serve our basic needs. For example, Acton does not have 
any recreation facilities for adults. Adults may use facilities provided for 
the children when not in use. There are no facilities for family recreation 
and there are no parks. The single greatest need in Acton is provision 
for water recreation: swimming, fishing or boating. If Acton is to 
provide a well balanced community, land for recreation and conservation 
must be set aside well ahead of subdivision development or any other 
type of development. 

The Comprehensive Town Plan presents a Recreation and Conserva- 
tion program in outline form only. Further study will be needed for 
each individual project and proposal. This should be the responsibility 
of the Recreation and Conservation Commissions with the cooperation of 
the Planning Board, other Town boards and citizens of the Town. In the 
recommended Recreation and Conservation outline, the following priorities 
have been given to the various proposals: 

1. The early acquisition of land along the Nashoba and Fort Pond 
Brooks in that order. 

2. The early acquisition of school sites and their immediate 
development for recreation use. 

3. The acquisition and development of a swimming facility 
preferably close to the population center of the Town. 

4. The acquisition of lands for neighborhood parks and pre- 
school playgrounds. 

5. Completion of the Recreation Program. 

There are many techniques available for accomplishing this pro- 
gram. Some of those in common use by public and private organizations 
have been listed, and not one should be overlooked. 

1. Outright purchase, with or without eminent domain, or state 
funds. 

2. Gifts offered and accepted outright or in a will. 

3. Holding tax title land. 

4. Requiring developers to hold in escrow a portion of a subdivi- 
sion. 



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5. Purchasing oversized lots for capital improvements, highways, 
school, well-fields, etc. (State assistance available here.) 

6. Conservation zoning (including flood plain). 

7. Urging state and federal organizations to acquire land. 

8. Promoting special tax arrangements for open space land users. 
(Farmers, country clubs, sports men's clubs, camps, etc.) 

9. Provisions for cluster zoning. 

10. Oversized drainage easements. 

11. Scenic easements. 

12. Building setbacks from streams and bodies of water under sub- 
division requirements. 

13. Use of urban renewal funds. 

14. Implementing Great Ponds Act. 

15. Establishment of a Park Department. 

16. Use of 50% conservation rebate from the Massachusetts Depart- 
ment of Natural Resources. 

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES 

Other community facilities which fit properly into a Comprehensive 
Town Plan are the Fire Department, Police and Highway Departments, 
water supply, and the Town Library. The Fire Department is just com- 
pleting modernization and will be good for some years. The Police and 
Highway Departments are under housed and the proposal to move them 
to the vicinity of the junction of Rts. 27 and 111 is a desirable step. 
Further studies should be made including an appraisal of public works, 
libraries, uniformed services, cemeteries and general government. 

FUTURE LAND USE PROGRAM 

The general idea of a Future Land Use Plan is to put down as a 
definite statement what course the responsible citizens of the community 
want the future development of that community to take. This Future 
Land Use Plan is the result of meetings with the Selectmen, School Com- 
mittee, Health Board, Superintendent of Streets, Fire Chief, Police Chief, 
Town Engineer, Recreation Commission, Industrial Development Com- 
mittee, Assessors, and the citizenry of Acton at large through several 
public meetings. 

It is important to remember that this is a plan for future develop- 
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The function of this plan will be to help evaluate and coordinate future 
development proposals. The plan is firmly rooted in a detailed analysis 
of the existing land use in Acton and surrounding towns, in an appraisal 
of development trends and plans in the general area, on population 
studies, drainage studies, an economic base analysis, school studies, recrea- 
tion study, and Acton's historic development. 

The Future Land Use Plan is made up of the following five prin- 
cipal factors: Residential Areas, Industrial Areas, Business Areas, Public 
Open Spaces and Public Educational Facilities. These are the factors 
which usually give form to a community. This Plan is a simplified sketch 
of what Acton should look like in the future and should work to become. 
The following basic policies have been used to make the proposed Future 
Land Use Plan. 

1 . Continuation of the rural atmosphere with suburban conveniences. 

2. Careful integration of desirable industries in the Town without 
disturbing its basic residential character. 

3. Local business serving the local residents. Community shopping 
centers serving the social and cultural needs of the community 
as well as material needs. 

4. A realistic range of choice in residential areas and housing types. 

5. Coordination of Town plans with present development and 
future plans of surrounding towns. 

6. Planning to obtain minimum maintenance costs of public services 
over long periods of time. 

The present land use program in Acton calls for all of the residential 
development in Town to be built up in half-acre lots. From the various 
studies carried out and meetings held previous to the preparation of the 
Future Land Use Plan, it has become clear that this is not the ultimate 
kind of development that is desired by or desirable for the community. 

The Future Land Use Plan proposes four types of residential develop- 
ment: 

1. URBAN — 12 or more persons per acre. 

2. SUBURBAN— 6 persons per acre. 

3. RURAL — 3 persons per acre. 

4. ESTATE — 1.5 persons per acre. 

These types of development are generally those that exist in Acton and its 
abutting towns today. 

In the case of the proposed URBAN AREAS, the following factors 
were considered: 



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1. Any new development in East, South or West Acton must allow 
for mult-family structures. 

2. If an eventual sewerage system is necessary, a concentration of 
families along the trunk line will make it economically feasible. 

3. Some residential construction besides single-family free-standing 
dwellings must be allowed. 

The SUBURBAN AREA consists of all the remaining land in the 
town that was found by the sanitary engineering consultants to be easily 
sewered and which is under the greatest pressure for development today. 

The RURAL AREAS include three small sparsely settled areas that 
drain into abutting communities and a large portion of North Acton that 
is presently rural in character and would be extremely expensive to be 
sewered now or in the future. 

The ESTATE AREA as proposed is almost completely undeveloped 
today. Future access to the area would be more from Carlisle and 
Concord than from Acton. Since the existing development is very low 
density and both Concord and Carlisle call for low density development, 
and since servicing such an inaccessible area for a large number of families 
would be very expensive for Acton, a low density residential area is 
proposed here. 

The proposal for future industrial land use areas shows approxi- 
mately 1,150 acres to be classified for industry. All of the new proposed 
industrial areas have direct access to Route 2. Where it has seemed 
particularly desirable and feasible, a wide green belt has been provided 
to separate these new industrial areas from existing residential neighbor- 
hoods. 

The present proposal shows 450 acres for retail business. The pro- 
posed business areas are divided into "Community Business" and 
"Neighborhood Business" areas. "Neighborhood Business" areas are to 
serve the residents of the immediate neighborhood only whereas the 
"Community Business" areas are to serve Acton and the surrounding 
communities. Two main "Community Business" areas are proposed; 
one at Junction of Routes 27 and 111 and one on both sides of Great 
Road between Brook Street and the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. tracks. 
In both cases these Community Shopping Centers are adjacent to proposed 
sites for secondary educational facilities and a community park or play- 
ground. These areas, if carried through to completion, will become the 
new commercial and cultural centers for the town. 

The public and semi-public land use proposals within the scope of 
the Comprehensive Plan include only schools, recreation and conserva- 
tion. Other uses for public lands such as police stations, fire stations, etc. 
will need further study. The size and location of proposed public lands 



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have been described in the Community Facilities section of the Com- 
prehensive Plan. 

The Future Land Use Plan reveals the relationship between the 
proposals for community facilities and residential, business and industrial 
proposals. Greenways protect homes from industry; schools are located 
so as to integrate different types of residential areas and to be within 
safe, convenient walking distances of the neighborhood shopping; shops 
are adjacent to conservation and recreation lands. 

IMPLEMENTATION 

The problems of population growth in Acton and some proposed 
measures which can be taken to ease those problems have been described 
above. There are available to the Town of Acton two basic legal tools 
which can be designed to achieve the objectives of the Comprehensive 
Town Plan. 

1. Zoning: which legally establishes the Future Land Use Plan. 

2. Subdivision Control: which helps to establish the Circulation 
Plan, the character of newly developed areas, and sets design 
and construction standards for new streets. 

ZONING 

Zoning is the means by which a planning program, or Future Land 
Use Plan is carried out legally. It is generally the major end product of 
most planning studies from the point of view of the general public and 
therefore requires considerable public discussion before presentation for 
Town Meeting action. The suggested revisions of the Zoning By-Law 
are made within the framework of the Future Land Use Plan discussed 
above and, in general, with the existing By-Law where it has proved 
workable. The organization of the By-Law has been codified and 
rearranged to conform to a new outline for better understanding and 
easier use. For further details, study of the complete Comprehensive 
Report should be made. 

SUBDIVISION CONTROL LAW 

It is particularly important that Regulations adopted under the 
Subdivision Control Law be revised in connection with the development 
of the Comprehensive Plan. The Plan calls for concrete objectives in 
future town development which can be carried out by good subdivision 
control. A revision of the Subdivision Regulations is pertinent at this 
time because of the volatile nature of recent building construction in 
Acton. It is almost impossible for municipal rules and regulations to 
keep up with the changing trends and demands of the building industry. 



22 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Another demand for change, at this time, is similar revision of nearby 
communities. If Acton allows subdivision regulations to become lax 
and less stringent than its neighbors, the town will attract a poor, unde- 
sirable, costly type of development. The Acton Planning Board needs a 
modern, up-to-date Subdivision Control Law in order to protect and 
promote the health, safety, morals, prosperity and convenience of the 
citizens as well as to achieve municipal economy. 

The major part of the proposed revision is concerned with clarifying 
the intent of various portions of the Regulations and adjusting the pro- 
visions for greater variety and flexibility in future development and 
administration. Greater clarity will be achieved by such proposals as: 

1. A key map to be submitted with the Preliminary Plan showing 
the relationship of the proposed subdivision to the community 
at large and particularly to the community facilities which will 
serve the subdivision. 

2. Adoption of an Inspection Schedule to be initialed and dated 
by appropriate officials as each inspection of construction activi- 
ties is completed. 

3. Specific proposals to integrate the Regulations with the Com- 
prehensive Plan, the Official Map, and the Master Sewer Plan. 

4. Statements of definite policy regarding recreation, park space 
and sidewalks, with joint approval of the Planning Board and 
the Recreation Commission and School Committee. 

Two proposed revisions to achieve greater flexibility and variety in 
the future development have a great potential for promoting the general 
welfare, but will require a high degree of design skill. These proposals 
are: 

1. The encouragement and conditional acceptance of the so-called 
"Cluster Subdivisions." 

2. The variation in required improvement standards according to 
the density of the population in a proposed subdivision. 

Another proposal is to require information on the Preliminary or Defini- 
tive Plan about all utilities, public and private, above and below ground, 
to make sure that all improvements are well-designed and incorporated 
into each subdivision. 

In summary, the proposed revisions to the Acton Subdivision Control 
Regulations are as follows: upgrade the general standards, provide greater 
clarity of intent, integrate the responsibility with other Town Boards and 
officials, coordinate with the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning By-Law, 
and provide for greater flexibility, economy and variety in future town 
development. It must be realized that this analysis does not provide a 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 23 

final or fixed set of rules forever. Review and updating of this type of 
regulation is a continuing responsibility. 

The object of this summary report and its inclusion in the Annual 
Report of the Town of Acton 1961 has been to touch on some of the 
highlights of the Comprehensive Town Plan. Emphasis must be placed 
on the fact that much of the background material and many of the 
details have been eliminated in the interests of space and time. This 
summary is to serve merely as an introduction to some of the changes 
which may take place in Acton during the next few years. Acton must 
face the fact that it is no longer a cluster of villages on the outskirts of 
the metropolitan area. There is enough land in Acton to create a city. 
Whether Acton grows in an orderly, well balanced progressive manner or 
becomes a conglomeration of houses, factories, stores, and slum areas 
depends on the watchful ayes of the voters. A program for planned 
growth has been presented to the citizens. Much discussion and study 
are still to come. Be sure that the changes which are made are the ones 
you want. Read the Comprehensive Town Plan and know the whys, 
whats, wheres, and whens for new proposals on the Town Warrant. 



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NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1962. 

Dogs must be licensed on or be- 
fore April 1st or the owners or 
keepers thereof are liable to a 
fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 



REPORT OF DOG LICENSES 
ISSUED IN 1961 

724 Licenses @ $2.00 $1,448.00 

111 Licenses @ $5.00 555.00 

10 Licenses @ $10.00 100.00 

5 Licenses @ $25.00 125.00 

1 License @ $50.00 50.00 

24 Duplicate Tags @ $.25 6.00 

Paid to Town Treasurer $2,284.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 35 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

December 12, 1960 

Adjourned Session December 20, 1960 

Article 1 1 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by deleting from Section III, Subsection 1, Paragraphs a and b 
and substituting therefor: 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than four 
private motor vehicles. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. 

b. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval of the 
Board of Appeals. 

(Inserted by Planning Board) 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: Leonard Lee Lester. Joseph J. 
Coughlan, Harold W. Flood, and William B. Clewley. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by 
deleting from Section III, Subsection 1. Paragraphs a and b and substituting 
therefor : 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than four 
private motor vehicles. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. 

b. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval of the 
Board of Appeals. 

Hand Vote.. Total — 147. Yes — 135. No — 12. 
Needed to carry — 98. 



Article 12 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by striking out Section II, Subsection 3 and inserting in place 
thereof, the following new section, or take anv other action relative thereto. 
(Inserted by Planning Board) 

SECTION II 

3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this 
law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the 
Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen 
and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including 
a graphic pictorial representation thereof. Professional signs of six (6) 
square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said 
signs are on the premises of the person or company offering the services 
advertised and, in the case of real estate signs, are on the premises offered 
for sale or lease. 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by 
striking out Section II. Subsection 3 and inserting in place thereof, the following 
new section; 



36 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



SECTION II 

3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this 
law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the 
Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen 
and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including 
a graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) 
square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said 
sign is on the premises of the person or company offering the services 
advertised and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered 
for sale or lease. 

Motion: To amend the original motion by striking out in the second line 
the word "shall" and inserting the word "may" and striking out in the third line 
the words "after recommendation by the Planning Board." 

Voted: To amend the amendment by retaining the words "after recommenda- 
tion by the Planning Board." 

Voted: To amend the original motion by striking out in the second line 
the word "shall" and inserting the word "may." 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town 
of Acton by striking out Section II, Subsection 3 and inserting in place thereof, the 
following new section. 

SECTION II 

3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this 
law but may be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the 
Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen 
and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including 
a graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) 
square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said 
sign is on the premises of the person or company offering the services 
advertised and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered 
for sale or lease. 



Article 13 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: 

"except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the 
set back and side line distances are maintained," 

and inserting in place thereof, 

"except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty 
foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back 
and side line distances are maintained." 
(Inserted by Planning Board) 

Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by 
striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: 

"except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the set 
back and side line distances are maintained," 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 37 

and inserting in place thereof, 

"except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty 
foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back 
and side line distances are maintained." 

Motion: To amend the original motion by correcting the insertion to read 
as follows: "except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot 
frontage but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage either at 
the thirty foot set back line or the actual building line, a building may be erected 
thereon provided the set back and side line distances are maintained." 

Motion Lost. 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town 
of Acton by striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: 

"except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the 
set back and side line distances are maintained," 

and inserting in place thereof, 

"except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage 
but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty 
foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back 
and side line distances are maintained." 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE. 

Town Clerk. 



Boston, Mass. April 12, 1961 

The foregoing amendments to Zoning By-Laws adopted under Articles 11, 12 
and 13 are hereby approved. 

/s/ E. J. McCORMACK, JR., 

Attorney General. 



38 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years 

Lloyd E. Williamson 310 319 494 1,123 

James W. Myers 94 146 133 373 

George OClair 58 144 100 302 

Edwin Richter 193 156 384 733 

Blanks 137 153 163 453 

CONSTABLES, one year 

Edward J. Collins, Jr 347 400 582 1,329 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr 348 417 591 1,356 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 335 406 577 1,318 

David W. Scribner 341 400 586 1,327 

Scattered 1 1 2 

Blanks 212 213 211 636 

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years 

Howard F. Jones 370 422 599 1,391 

Blanks 26 37 38 101 

BOARD OF HEALTH, three years 

Donnell W. Boardman 333 376 565 1,274 

Scattered 1 1 2 

Blanks 62 82 72 216 

TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years 

Roland R. MacLean 366 404 580 1,350 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 30 54 57 141 

PLANNING BOARD, five years 

Charles Judd Farley 353 396 586 1,335 

Scattered 1 1 2 

Blanks 42 63 50 155 

PLANNING BOARD, three years (to fill vacancy) 

William M. Veazey 347 384 577 1,308 

Blanks 49 75 60 184 



TREE WARDEN, one year 

Franklin H. Charter 376 416 606 1,398 

Blanks 20 43 31 94 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 39 

RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION 
HELD MARCH 6, 1961 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of votes cast 396 459 637 1,492 



MODERATOR, one year 

James Edward Kinsley 354 413 588 1,355 

Scattered 2 2 

Blanks 40 46 49 135 

TOWN CLERK, one year 

Charles M. MacRae 360 414 598 1,372 

Blanks 36 45 39 120 

SELECTMEN, three years 

Charles D. MacPherson 241 225 401 867 

Ralph C. Morse 84 112 81 277 

Leo B. Roche 66 117 144 327 

Blanks 5 5 11 21 

ASSESSOR, three years 

Carl C. Flint 377 439 601 1,417 

Scattered 1 1 

Blanks 19 19 36 74 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years 

Raymond A. Gallant 377 417 605 1,399 

Scattered 1 1 2 

Blanks 1.9 . ... 41 31 91 

TREASURER, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar;:..,:. 371 424 603 1,398 

Scattered 2 2 

Blanks 23 35 34 92 

TOWN COLLECTOR, one year 

Wm. Henry Soar 371 422 596 1,389 

Scattered 2 2 

Blanks 23 37 41 101 



40 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



QUESTION No. 1 



Yes ... 

No 

Blanks 



Yes ... 

No 

Blanks 



163 


232 
193 


294 
303 


689 


199 


695 


34 


34 


40 


108 


QUESTION No. 2 




230 


297 
125 

37 


422 

172 

43 


949 


121 


418 


45 


125 


RECOUNT 








Town Election held March 6, 


1961 






on 








QUESTION No. 1 









We certify that the following is a true record of votes given for 
Question 1, "Shall an Act passed by the General Court in the year 
nineteen hundred and forty-nine entitled 'An Act Relative to the Grant- 
ing of Vacations for members of the Regular or Permanent Police and 
Fire Forces in Certain Cities and Town' be accepted?" in the Town of 
Acton, at the election held on the 6th day of March 1961, as determined 
by a recount held March 14, 1961. 

Pet. 1 

Yes 161 

No 200 

Blanks 35 

Whole number of ballots cast 396 459 637 1,492 

JAMES B. WILSON, 
JULIA A. BARRY, 
CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Registrars of Voters 
of the Town of Acton. 



Pet. 2 


Pet. 3 


Total 


232 


293 


686 


193 


303 


696 


34 


41 


110 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 41^ 

ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

March 13, 1961 

Article 1 
OFFICERS 

To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees and fix the salaries 
and compensation of all the elective officers of the Town. 

Chose: Helen B. Wood trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for three years. 

Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 
for three years. 

Chose: Herbert W. Merriam trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 
for three years. 

Chose: Thelma L. Boatman trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three years 
and Clark C. McElvein trustee of the Goodnow Fund for two years to fill vacancy. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars for each night 
for each meeting for the year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen be six 
hundred dollars and that the other members be three hundred dollars each for 
the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be one thousand five hundred 
forty-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be three thousand ninety 
dollars for the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Assessors be three 
thousand four hundred dollars; the Clerk, one thousand thirty dollars and the 
third member, seven hundred twenty-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be two thousand four 
hundred seventy-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Public Welfare be 
one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other members seventy-five dollars each 
for the calendar year 1961. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Health be one 
hundred twenty-five dollars and the other members seventy-five dollars each for the 
calendar year 1961, and that the Board of Health be authorized to appoint one of 
its members as an Assistant Agent at the rate of $1.75 per hour in accordance 
with the provisions of Section 4- A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the wages of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.95 per hour from 
January 1, 1961 to April 1, 1961 and at $2.03 per hour from April 1, 1961 to 
and including December 31, 1961 plus $.75 per hour for the use of the Truck. 



42 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 2 

REPORTS 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the several reports of the Town 
Officers and Boards, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards. 

Article 3 

REPORTS 

To hear and act upon the reports of any Committees chosen at any previous 
Town Meeting that have not already reported. 

REPORT OF STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE 

At the first of January I960 the Street Lighting Committee came into being, 
and since that time we have been in constant touch with the Board of Selectmen 
to advise the Board as to the best methods to get the most adequate lighting 
possible for every dollar spent. 

At our advice and recommendation the Board of Selectmen have put all street 
lights on all night burning, this meant that we would get 5 3% more hours of 
burning at a cost of only 8V 2 %. We also recommend that all 800 lumen be 
changed to 1000 lumen, this gave the Town 25% more light at 7% more cost. 

We now have a card index system set up by which we will be able to check 
against each monthly bill and be able to see any error as to the size or number of 
street lights in the Town. 

In co-operation with the Chief of the Fire Department, we recommended that 
all fire alarm boxes have a street light on the same pole. This is a plan that is 
highly recommended by the Fire Underwriters. 

In I960 we recommended the installation of some 70 street lights and the 
removal of 13 street lights that were either not needed at that point or were 
replaced by a lamp of larger lumens. We now have 420 lamps in the Town. 

In 1961 we are recommending that the business districts of South, West and 
Acton Centre be modernized and that the policy started in I960 be continued to 
light up dangerous places and all new Fire Alarm Boxes. 

The Boston Edison Company is now replacing the time switches with Photo 
Electric Cells that turn the street light on when a certain degree of darkness calls 
for more light. This will give the Town the benefit of the street lights on dark 
stormy days both in the A. M. and P. M. at no cost to the Town. 

The Committee will continue to work for the same goal namely the most 
possible amount of light for the location at the most economical rate that the Town 
can get. 

The Town now has 341, 1000 lumen, 44, 2500 lumen, 25, 6000 lumen and 
10, 11000 mercury vapor lamps as of March 1, 1961. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN F. NEVILLE, Chairman 
BYRD D. GOSS 
JOSEPH F. BUSHELL 

Street Lighting Committee 

Voted: To accept report of Street Lighting Committee. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 43 

Voted: To take up Article 8. 

Article 8 

TOWN DUMP 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer 
the control and operation of the Town Dump from the Board of Health to the 
Highway Department as of April 1, 1961, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer the control and 
operation of the Town Dump from the Board of Health to the Highway Depart- 
ment as of April 1, 1961. 



Article 4 

BUDGET 

To see what sums of money the Town will vote to raise and appropriate to 
defray the necessary expenses of the several departments of the Town and determine 
how the same shall be raised. 

Voted Unanimously: That the following sums of money be appropriated for 
the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended only 
for thepurposes under the direction of the respective boards, committees, or officers 
of the Town as follows, and that the total money shall be raised in the 1961 Tax 
Levy. 

General Government 

1. Moderator $75.00 

2. Finance Committee Expenses 125.00 

3. Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 

4. Selectmen's Expenses 1,275.00 

5. Town Office Clerical — Salary — Wages 14,135.00 

6. Engineering Department — Salary 11,800.00 

7. Expenses 1,850.00 

8. Legal Services — Board of Selectmen 2,000.00 

9. Town Accountant 1.855.00 

10. Expenses 225.00 

11. Treasurer — Salary 3,090.00 

12. Expenses 700.00 

13. Town Collector — Salary 2,475.00 

14. Expenses 1,025.00 

15. Town Assessors — Salaries 5,155.00 

16. Expenses 500.00 

17. Town Clerk — Salary 1,545.00 

18. Expenses 450.00 

Elections and Registrations 

19. Salaries and Wages 2,300.00 

20. Expenses 560.00 

21. Planning Board — Expenses 1,500.00 

22. Board of Appeals — Expenses 50.00 

23. Total General Government S53.890.00 



44 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Buildings and Grounds 

24. Salaries and Wages $4,515.00 

25. Expenses 5,210.00 

26. Total Buildings and Grounds $9,725.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 

Police Department 

27. Salaries and Wages $50,150.00 

28. Expenses 6,955.00 

Fire Department 

29. Salaries and Wages 15,560.00 

30. Expenses 10,325.00 

Fire Alarm System 

31. Salaries and Wages 6,010.00 

32. Expenses 2,850.00 

33. Fire Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

34. Salary and Travel 360.00 

35. Expenses 50.00 

Moth Department — Chapter 657 

36. Wages 3,580.00 

37. Expenses 1,700.00 

38. Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 

39. Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 

40. Tree Warden — Wages 2,885.00 

41. Expenses 1,100.00 

Wire Inspector 

42. Wages and Travel 2,000.00 

43. Expenses 100.00 

Building Inspector 

44. Wages and Travel 4,300.00 

45. Expenses 150.00 

Dog Officer 

46. Wages and Travel 515.00 

47. Building Committee 50.00 

48. Civilian Defense 285.00 

49. Total Protection $122,050.00 

Health and Sanitation 

50. Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 

51. Expenses 1,875.00 

52. Secretary — Salary 3,190.00 

53. Town Nurse — Salary 4,180.00 



THE TOWN OF AaON 45 

54. Expenses 1,210.00 

55. Town Nurse Part-Time — Wages 660.00 

56. Agent and Part-Time Agent — Wages 4,520.00 

57. Laboratory Fees 500.00 

58. Town Dump — Custodian — Wages 858.00 

59. Custodian Part-Time — Wages 354.00 

60. Hospital and Sanitorium 1,500.00 

61. Medical Supplies 250.00 

62. Clinics 1,000.00 

63. Garbage Collector 11,135.00 

64. Inspector of Animals — Salary 150.00 

65. Expenses 30.00 

66. Plumbing Inspector — Wages 2,400.00 

67. Mosquito Control 4,500.00 

68. Total Health and Sanitation S38.587.00 

Highways 

69. Village Highways $5,630.00 

70. Drainage 12,000.00 

71. Chapter 81 Highways 12,400.00 

72. Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 

73. Snow Removal 26,000.00 

74. Traffic Signs and Lines 1,750.00 

75. Vacations and Holidays 2,055.00 

76. Sidewalk Maintenance 500.00 

77. Highway Machinery — Maintenance 6,500.00 

78. Street Lighting 14,750.00 

78A. Operation Town Dump 4.758.00 

79. Total Highways S88.343.00 

Charities 

80. District and Local Welfare Administration — Salaries $2,675.00 

81. Public Assistance 65,000.00 

82. Total Charities S67.675.00 

Veterans' Aid 

83. Veterans' Benefits — Salary $600.00 

84. Expenses 250.00 

85. Expenditures 12.500.00 

86. Veterans' Services — Salary 600.00 

87. Expenses 25.00 

88. Total Veterans' Aid 113,975.00 

Education 

Local Schools 

89. Instruction $261,941.00 

90. Textbooks and Supplies 14,646.00 

91. Plant Operation 33.32V00 



46 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

92. Blanchard Auditorium 8,400.00 

93. Maintenance 3,116.00 

94. Auxiliary Agencies 28,400.00 

95. General Control 9,400.00 

96. Outlay 1,497.00 

97. Contingency Fund 500.00 

98. Total Local School Budget $361,225.00 

Regional School 

99. Instruction $212,168.98 

100. Textbooks and Supplies 14,986.00 

101. Plant Operation 24,757.28 

102. Maintenance 1,412.22 

103. Auxiliary Agencies 8,739.15 

104. Transportation 8,184.25 

105. General Control 9,763.45 

106. Outlay 1,393.04 

107. Blanchard Auditorium Lease 4,807.56 

108. Athletic Fund 3,333.70 

109. Contingency Fund 174.36 

110. Total Regional School Budget $289,719-99 

111. Total Education $650,944.99 

Libraries 

112. Salaries and Wages $6,045.00 

113. Expenses 1,700.00 

114. Books 1,200.00 

115. Total Libraries $8,945.00 

Recreation 

116. Playgrounds — Wages $1,200.00 

117. Expenses 1,000.00 

118. Total Recreation $2,200.00 

Cemeteries 

119. Salaries and Wages $15,500.00 

120. Expenses 2,650.00 



121. Total Cemeteries $18,150.00 

Other Unclassified Expenses 

122. Town Reports $2,700.00 

123. Workmen's Compensation 4,000.00 

124. Surety Bonds 700.00 

125. Archives Committee — Expenses 150.00 

126. Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 3,600.00 

127. Boiler aand Machinery Insurance 800.00 



THE TOWN OP ACTON 47 

128. Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance 2,500.00 

129. Memorial Day 800.00 

130. Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

131. Total Other Unclassified Expenses Sl6.250.00 

Pensions 

132. Pension Fund $8,036.90 

133. Expenses 326.00 

134. Military Service Fund 13.86 

135. Total Pensions S8.376.76 

Maturing Debt and Interest 
Regional School 

136. Maturing Debt S37, 620.00 

137. Interest 40,123.25 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 

138. Maturing Debt S15,000.00 

139. Interest 3.400.00 

New Elementary School 

140. Maturing Debt S45.000.00 

141. Interest 25.380.00 

West Acton Fire Station 

142. Maturing Debt 512,000.00 

143. Interest 792.00 



Anticipation of Revenue — Notes 



144. Interest 325.00 

145. Miscellaneous Interest 1.200.00 

146. Total Maturing Debt and Interest S180.840.25 

147. Total Budget to be raised and appropriated SI. 279.952.00 

Special Articles 

Art. 5. Stabilization Fund $7,000.00 

Art. 9. Drainage Survey 3,700.00 

Art. 11. Office Furniture 200.00 

Art. 12. Typewriter, etc 300.00 

Art. 13. Personnel By-Law 4.000.00 

Art. 14. Receiver-transmitter (CD) 395.00 

Art. 15. Library — painting 450.00 

Art. 16. Library — furniture 950.00 

Art. 19. Playgrounds — see-saws 800.00 

Art. 21. Water Safety Account 600.00 

Art. 23. Records — Reg. of Deeds 2,000.00 

Art. 24. Vocational Tuition and Transportation 3.500.00 



48 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Check Protector — Treasurer 310.00 

Hand power mowers — Hwy 200.00 

Town Hall Clock 750.00 

Martin Street — Culvert and Bridge 2,500.00 

Speed Limit Signs 450.00 

New Construction — Main Street 5,950.00 

Industrial Development Commission 500.00 

Sidewalk — Main Street 7.500.00 

West and South Water Supply District — Hosmer 

Street 200.00 

Reserve Fund 5,000.00 

Fire Alarm Extension (Robbins Park) 2.900.00 

Fire Alarm Extension (Ethan Allen Drive) 400.00 

Fire Alarm Extension (Oakwood and Pinewood 

Roads) 600.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated under 

Special Articles $51,155.00 

Transfers 

From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue 
To 

Fire Station $40,000.00 

Budget 50.000.00 

Playgrounds — move fence 290.00 

Highways 38,725.00 

Reserve Fund 5.000.00 



Art. 


25. 


Art. 


26. 


Art. 


28. 


Art. 


29. 


Art. 


31. 


Art. 


33. 


Art. 


36. 


Art. 


39. 


Art. 


42. 


Art. 


43. 


Art. 


44. 


Art. 


45. 


Art. 


46. 



Art. 


17. 


Art. 


18. 


Art. 


20. 


Art. 


34. 


Art. 


43. 



5134.015.00 



Other Transfers 

Art. 6. From Stabilization Fund 

To Fire Truck 518.000.00 

Art. 7. From Stabilization Fund 

To Fire Chief's Car 1.800.00 

Art. 32. From Machinery Fund 

To Highway Truck 5,840.00 



525.6-10.00 

Borrow 
Art. 17. For Fire Station S60.000.00 



Grand Total 51.550.762.00 

Voted: To take up Article 37. 

Article 37 

ZONING 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 49 

Northerly and Southerly sides of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned 
by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and commonly known as the Concord 
Reformatory Farm, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: John Neville, Donald Loring, 
Warren Newell, Thomas Wetherbee, David Tinker, Harold W. Flood, Robert 
Stow, Robert Clapp, Dana Hinckley, James B. Wilson, Julia A. Barry, Jessie 
Wood Knippel, Eleanor P. Wilson, Phyllis K. Sprague, Hazel P. Vose, Mabel 
McNamara. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by 
rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the Southerly side of 
Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm. 

Ballot vote. Total — 724. Yes — 604. No— 120. 
Needed to carry — 482. 



Article 5 

STABILIZATION FUND 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $7,000.00, or any other sum, for a Stabilization Fund, 
pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000.00 for a Stabilization 
Fund pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B. 



Article 6 

FIRE TRUCK 

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum 
of $18,000.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a Fire Truck, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of 
$18,000.00, for the purchase of a Fire Truck. 



Article 7 

FIRE CHIEF'S CAR 

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Fund the 
sum of $1,900.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a motor vehicle for the 
use of the Fire Chief, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise 
dispose of the present vehicle, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of 
$1,800.00 for the purchase of a motor vehicle for the use of the Fire Chief, and 
authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of the present 
vehicle. 



Voted: To take up Article 10. 



50 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Article 10 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds a sum of money to pay the Town's Share of premiums of Blue 
Cross and Blue Shield and life insurance on Town employees, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 



Voted: To pass over Article. 



Article 11 

TOWN HALL 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $200.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of office 
furniture for the Town Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, for the purchase of 
office furniture for the Town Hall. 



Article 12 

TOWN HALL 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $300.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a 
typewriter, chair and stand for use in the Town Office, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00, for the purchase of a 
typewriter, chair and stand for use in the Town Office. 



Article 22 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $38,000.00, 
and authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or 
otherwise acquire for recreational purposes three parcels of land, with the build- 
ings thereon, situated in the Northerly part of Acton, on either side of Wheeler 
Lane and bounded approximately as follows: Northerly by land formerly of Hollo- 
well, Sheehan and Miller; Westerly by land formerly of Miller and Murphy; 
Southerly by land formerly of Murphy, Luther Conant and Estelle T. Davis; and 
Easterly by land formerly of Blanchard & Gould Co., the Mill Pond and Hollo- 
well. Containing in all about forty-four acres, more or less; and to take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Motion: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by 
purchase, for recreational purposes three parcels of land, with the buildings 
thereon, situated in the Northerly part of Acton, on either side of Wheeler Lane 
and bounded approximately as follows: 

NORTHERLY by land formerly of Hollowell, Sheehan and Miller; 
WESTERLY by land formerly of Miller and Murphy; SOUTHERLY by 
land formerly of Murphy, Luther Conant and Estelle T. Davis; and EASTERLY 
by land formerly of Blanchard & Gould Co., the Mill Pond and Hollowell. 
Containing in all about forty-four acres, more or less. And that the sum of 
$38,000.00 be raised and appropriated therefor, said sum to be applicable to 
the cost of the land and the buildings and to any costs in connection with the 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 51; 

purchase thereof. Said land after purchase to be held under control of the 
Recreation Commission. 

Same tellers. 

Ballot Vote. 573. Yes — 241. No— 332. 

Votes needed to carry 382. Motion Lost. 

Voted: To adjourn after ballot vote on Article 22. Adjourned at 11:24 P. M. 



The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, 
March 15. 1961. 

Article 9 
DRAINAGE SURVEY 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $4,500.00, or any other sum, to be spent by the Plan- 
ning Board to continue the survey of drainage in the Town, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,700.00, to be spent by the 
Planning Board to continue the survey of drainage in the Town. 



Article 13 
PERSONNEL BY-LAW 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $4,000.00, or any other sum, to engage an outside 
consulting firm to take whatever steps are necessary to establish for the Town's 
approval in March 1962, a Personnel By-Law, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00, to engage an out- 
side consulting firm to take whatever steps are necessary to establish for the Town's 
approval in March 1962, a Personnel By-Law. 



Article 14 
CIVIL DEFENSE 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $375.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a 
station type receiver-transmitter for Civil Defense Headquarters, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $395.00, for the purchase of a 
station type receiver-transmitter for Civil Defense Headquarters. 



52 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 15 

LIBRARY 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $450.00, or any other sum, for exterior and interior 
painting of the Acton Memorial Library, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00, for exterior and interior 
painting of the Acton Memorial Library. 

Article 16 

LIBRARY 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $950.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of several 
pieces of furniture and equipment for Acton Memorial Library, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $950.00, for the purchase of 
several pieces of furniture and equipment for Acton Memorial Library. 

Article 17 

FIRE STATION SOUTH 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Building Committee to 
enter into contracts on behalf of the Town for the constructing, equipping and 
furnishing of a Fire Station in that part of Acton called South Acton ond located on 
the old school site on School Street, and to see if the Town will appropriate a 
sum of money therefor, to be provided by taxation, by appropriation from available 
funds in the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: Unanimously: To authorize the Town Building Committee to enter 
into contracts on behalf of the Town for the planning, constructing, and equipping 
of a fire station on the site of the Old South Acton School so-called located on the 
Northerly side of School Street in that part of Acton called South Acton owned 
now or formerly by the Town of Acton; and that the Town appropriate the sum 
of One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.) Dollars therefor and to meet said appro- 
priation that there be transferred from Surplus Revenue the sum of Forty Thousand 
($40,000.) Dollars and that the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, be and hereby is authorized to borrow the sum of Sixty Thousand 
($60,000.) Dollars and to issue bonds and/or notes of the Town therefor in 
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws. 

Article 18 

BUDGET 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer a sum of money 
from Free Cash to be used by the Assessors in considering and fixing the tax rate 
for the current year, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate and transfer $50,000.00 from Surplus Revenue to be 
used by the Assessors in considering and fixing the tax rate for the current year 
1961. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 53 

Article 19 

RECREATION 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $800.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of three- 
sets of see-saws (6 per set) for each playground — West Acton Playground. 
Jones' Field and Goward Field, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $800.00, for the purchase of 
three sets of see-saws (6 per set) for each playground — West Acton Playground, 
Jones' Field and Goward Field. 

Article 20 

RECREATION 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $290.00, or any other sum, to move from the old Acton 
Center School 125 feet of link fence to the West Acton Playground, said fence to 
run along parallel to Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $290.00, to move 
from the old Acton Center School 125 feet of link fence to the West Acton 
Playground, said fence to run along parallel to Massachusetts Avenue. 

Article 21 

WATER SAFETY PROGRAM 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $600.00, or any other sum, for the support of the 
Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School 
Department, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, for the support of the 
Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School 
Department. 



Article 23 

REGISTRY OF DEEDS RECORDS 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $2,000.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of gath- 
ering copies of all records in the Registry of Deeds pertaining to transactions 
within the Town of Acton in order to enable the Town to take the first step 
toward the preparation of a Town Atlas, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00, for the purpose of 
gathering copies of all records in the Registry of Deeds pertaining to transactions 
within the Town of Acton in order to enable the Town to take the first step 
toward the preparation of a Town Atlas. 



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Article 24 

VOCATIONAL 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, for the payment of voca- 
tional tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,500.00 for the payment of 
vocational tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of 
the General Laws. 

Article 25 

CHECK PROTECTOR 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $310.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of an 
electrically operated check protector, for the Treasurer, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $310.00 for the purchase of an 
electrically operated check protector, for the Treasurer. 

Article 26 

POWER MOWERS 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $200.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of two 
hand power mowers for the Highway Department, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of 
two hand power mowers for the Highway Department. 



Article 27 

BY-LAW 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton 
by striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. No 
contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road work 
or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent con- 
tractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the 
estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for 
competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least 
one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) 
days before the time advertised for opening of bids," or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by 
striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. No 
contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road 
work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent 
contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the 



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estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for 
competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least 
one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) 
days before the time advertised for opening of bids." 

Article 28 

ELECTRIFY CLOCK ON TOWN HALL 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $750.00, or any other sum, to electrify the clock on 
the Town Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $750.00 to electrify the clock 
on the Town Hall. 



Article 29 

MARTIN STREET BRIDGE 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other sum, to install a new culvert 
and replace the bridge on Martin Street, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00, to install a new 
culvert and replace the bridge on Martin Street. 



Article 30 

SNOW BUCKET 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell the 
large snow bucket which is of no further use to the Highway Department, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell the large snow bucket 
which is of no further use to the Highway Department. 



Article 31 

SPEED LIMIT SIGNS 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $450.00, or any other sum, for the purchase and 
installation of twelve (12) speed limit signs, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00, for the purchase and 
installation of twelve (12) speed limit signs. 



Article 32 

HIGHWAY TRUCK 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $5,500.00. or any other sum. for the purchase of a 



56 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

lew truck for the Highway Department, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
sell or dispose of the 1947 truck, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Machinery Fund the sum of $5,840.00 for 
the purchase of a new truck for the Highway Department, and authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to sell or dispose of the 1947 truck. 

Article 33 

MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $5,950.00, or any other sum, for Chapter 90 Construc- 
tion on Main Street; said money to be used in conjunction with $5,950.00 to be 
allotted by the County and $11,900.00 to be allotted by the State, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,950.00, for Chapter 90 
Construction on Main Street; said money to be used in conjunction with 
$5,950.00 to be allotted by the County and $11,900.00 to be allotted by the State. 



Article 34 

CHAPTERS 81 AND 90 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue 
Account the amount of the State's and County's allotments for highways under 
Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement be credited back to the 

Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 

$38,725.00, provided that the reimbursement be credited back to the Surplus 
Revenue Account. 

Chapter 81 Maintenance State $17,875.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance State 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 Maintenance County 1,500.00 

Chapter 90 New Construction County 5,950.00 

Chapter 90 New Construction State 11,900.00 



$38,725.00 



Article 35 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 8 (A) of 
Chapter 40 of the General Laws as established by Chapter 297 of the Acts of 
1954 and amended by Chapter 102 of the Acts of 1955, and to establish an Indus- 
trial Development Commission of six (6) members with all the powers and 
duties thereof as provided in said Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 G. L., or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept the provisions of Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the 
General Laws as established by Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1954 and amended by 
Chapter 102 of the Acts of 1955, and to establish an Industrial Development Com- 
mission of six (6) members with all the powers and duties thereof as provided 
in said Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 G. L. 



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Article 36 

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, 
or any other sum for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Industrial 
Development Commission as provided by Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the 
General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, for the purpose of 
establishing and maintaining the Industrial Development Commission as provided 
by Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the General Laws. 

Article 38 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,750.00, 

or any other sum, for the construction of a sidewalk on the northerly side of 

Arlington Street, between the Railroad tracks and Spruce Street, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of S500.00, for the construction 
of a sidewalk on the northerly side of Arlington Street, between the Railroad 
tracks and Spruce Street. 

Motion Lost. 

Article 39 

SIDEWALK MAIN STREET 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $7,500.00, or any other sum. for the purpose of con- 
structing a sidewalk along the westerly side of Main Street in a northerly direction 
from Prospect Street for a distance of 1,000 feet, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $7,500.00, for the purpose of 
constructing a sidewalk along the westerly side of Main Street in a northerly 
direction from Prospect Street for a distance of 1,000 feet. 

Hand Vote. Yes — 147. No — 135. Total 282. 

Voted: To reopen Article 4, Item 73- 

Article 4 
Voted: To amend Item 73 to read $26,000.00. 

Article 40 

CENTRAL STREET 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take 
initial legal and engineering steps in making a layout for the proposed relocation 
of parts of Central Street, more particularlv between Richardson's Crossing and 
Kinsley Road and between Spruce Street and Elm Street, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to take initial legal and engi- 
neering steps in making a layout for the proposed relocation of parts of Central 
Street, more particularly between Richardson's Crossing and Kinslev Road and 
between Soruce Street and Elm Street. 



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Article 41 

BORROW MONEY 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in antici- 
pation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1961 and to issue 
a note or notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew any note or notes 
as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, 
Chapter 44, General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the 
revenue for the financial year beginning January 1, 1961 and to issue a note or 
notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew any note or notes as may be 
given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws. 

Article 42 

WATER DISTRICT 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $200.00, as its contribution to the West and South 
Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six-inch water 
main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on Massachusetts Avenue, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, as its contribution to 
the West and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending 
a six-inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on Massachu- 
setts Avenue. 



Article 43 

RESERVE FUND 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $10,000.00, or any other sum, for a Reserve Fund, 
pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 6, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate $5,000.00 and that $5,000.00 be appro- 
priated from Overlay Surplus for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of 
General Laws, Chanter 40, Section 6. 



Article 44 

FIRE ALARM 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $3,400.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm 
system on Hosmer Street from Concord Road to Longfellow Park, on Longfellow 
Park to Alcott Street, on Alcott Street to Thoreau Road, on Thoreau Road, to 
Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Emerson Drive, on Emerson Drive to Alcott 
Street, and on Alcott Street to Concord Road, and to install five new street alarm 
boxes, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,900.00, to extend the fire 
alarm system on Hosmer Street from Concord Road to Longfellow Park, on Long- 



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fellow Park to Alcott Street, on Alcott Street to Thoreau Road, on Thoreau Road 
to Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Emerson Drive, on Emerson Drive to 
Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Concord Road, and to install five new street 
alarm boxes. 



Article 45 
FIRE ALARM 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $400.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm 
system on Ethan Allen Drive from Summer Street to Paul Revere Road, thereby 
completing the Town's obligation on this extension, and install one street alarm 
box, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $400.00, to extend the fire 
alarm system on Ethan Allen Drive from Summer Street to Paul Revere Road, 
thereby completing the Town's obligation on this extension, and install one street 
alarm box. 



Article 46 
FIRE ALARM 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $600.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm 
system on Oakwood Road from Piper Road to Pinewood Road and on Pinewood 
Road to Brucewood Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this exten- 
sion, and install one street alarm box, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, to extend the fire 
alarm system on Oakwood Road from Piper Road to Pinewood Road and on Pine- 
wood Road to Brucewood Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this 
extension, and install one street alarm box. 



Article 47 
BUILDING INSPECTOR 

To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 3 of Chapter 145 of the Gen- 
eral Laws, as amended, covering the inspection of certain types of buildings by 
the local building inspector, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted: To accept Section 3 of Chapter 143 of the General Laws, as amended, 
covering the inspection of certain types of buildings by the local building inspector. 



Article 48 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint 
a three-man committee to study the feasibility of the establishment of a Public 
Works Department, said committee to report periodically to the Selectmen and 
to make a final report to the next annual Town Meeting, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 



60 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a three-man com- 
mittee to study the feasibility of the establishment of a Public Works Department, 
said committee to report periodically to the Selectmen and to make a final report 
to the next annual Town Meeting. 

Voted: To adjourn at 9:51 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, MARCH 13, 1961 

ADJOURNED SESSION 

March 15. 1961 

Article 27 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton 
by striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. 
No contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road 
work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent 
contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the 
estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for 
competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least 
one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) 
days before the time advertised for opening of bids," or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by 
striking out Article 5 of Section I and inserting the following: "Article 5. No 
contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road 
work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent 
contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the 
estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for 
competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at 
least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten 
(10) days before the time advertised for opening of bids." 

Article 37 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the 
Northerly and Southerly sides of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and commonly known as the Concord 
Reformatory Farm, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Moderator appointed the following tellers: John Neville, Donald Loring, 
Warren Newell, Thomas Wetherbee, David Tinker, Harold W. Flood, Robert 
Stow, Robert Clapp, Dana Hinckley, James B. Wilson, Julia A. Barry, Jessie 



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Wood Knippel, Eleanor P. Wilson, Phyllis K. Sprague, Hazel P. Vose. Mabel 
McNamara. 

Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by 
rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the Southerly side of 
Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm. 

Ballot Vote. Total — 724. Yes — 604. No — 1 20. 
Needed to carry — 482. 

A true copy. Attest: 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



Boston, Mass. May 29, 1961. 

The foregoing amendment to by-laws adopted under Article 27 and amend- 
ment to zoning by-laws adopted under Article 37 are hereby approved. 

/s/ E. J. McCORMACK, JR., 

Attorney General. 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

July 17, 1961 

Article 1 

ADDITION JULIA MCCARTHY SCHOOL 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from 
available funds the sum of $10,000.00, or any other sum, to be expended by the 
Town Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect. Said architect 
to be hired for the purpose of making architectural working drawings for a con- 
templated four (4) room addition to the present Julia McCarthy Elementary 
School, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of 
$10,000.00 to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of 
hiring an architect. Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making archi- 
tectural working drawings for a contemplated four (4) room addition to the present 
Julia McCarthy Elementary School. 

Article 2 

AIR COMPRESSOR 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of 
$750.00, or any other sum, to replace the air compressor at the West Acton Fire 
Station and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade in the old compressor, 
or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of $750.00 for the purchase of a new air compressor for the West Acton 
Fire Station and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade-in the old 
compressor. 

Article 3 

CENTRAL STREET 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the relocation of Central Street, from 
about the grade crossing, locally known as Richardson's Crossing, in an easterly 
and southerly direction for approximately 1,372 feet, as laid out by the Board of 
Selectmen for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to a 
plan on file with the Town Clerk, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept the relocation of Central Street, from about 
the grade crossing, locally known as Richardson's Crossing, in an easterly and 
southerly direction for approximately 1,372 feet, as laid out by the Board of 
Selectmen for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to a 
plan on file with the Town Clerk. 

Voted: To adjourn at 8:18 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

December 18, 1961 

Article 1 

Voted unanimously: To transfer the unexpended balance of $39,974.87 in the 
Elementary School Building Account to the Julia McCarthy School Addition 
Account. 

Article 2 
Voted unanimously: 

1. That there be and hereby is authorized the construction, original equipping 
and furnishing of an addition to the Julia McCarthy School for Grade 1 . 
to be located on land of the Town on Charter Road, said school to con- 
tain four rooms and to be in accordance with final plans prepared by The 
Architects Collaborative; 

2. That the sum of S125,000.00 is hereby appropriated to meet the cost of 
construction, original equipping and furnishing said school building: 

3. That said appropriation shall be raised in the following manner: the sum 
of $39,974.87 transferred from unexpended funds in the Elementary 
School Account; S25.025.13 be transferred from Surplus Revenue; and 
$60,000.00 by borrowing under the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 
of the General Laws. 

-i. That the notes of each loan hereinbefore authorized may be issued and 
sold at one time or from time to time, but all notes shall be issued and 
sold in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 of the 
General Laws and each issue of said Notes shall be paid in not more 
than five (5) years from the date thereof; and 

5. That the Town Building Committee of four members, appointed pursuant 
to authority granted under Article 15 of the 1956 Annual Town Meeting, 
is hereby empowered in the name of and in behalf of the Town of Acton 
in addition to authority previously granted, to enter into such contracts 
or contract as it may deem advisable and in accordance with the applicable 
provisions of law for the planning, construction, original equipping and 
furnishing of said addition to the Julia McCarthy School, and all other 
matters connected with and incidental thereto, including by way of illus- 
tration and not by way of limitation, the necessary architectural, engineer- 
ing, and other professional services. 

Article 3 

Voted unanimously: To increase the membership of the Conservation Com- 
mission from five (5) to seven (7) members, by the appointment of two members- 
at-large, the latter number being authorized by Section 8C. Chapter 40 of the 
General Laws as established by Chapter 495 of the Acts of 1956 and amended by 
Chapter 223 of the Acts of 1959, and to redesignate all members as members-at- 
large; initially two to be appointed for terms of 1 year, three to be appointed for 
2 years, and two to be appointed for 3 years, thereafter all members to be 
appointed for three years. 



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Article 4 

Voted unanimously: To accept the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 40A 
of the General Laws so that no appeal or petition for a variance from the terms 
of the Zoning By-Law, or application for a special permission under the provisions 
of said by-law, which has been unfavorably acted upon by the Board of Appeals 
shall be considered again on its merits by said Board for two years after the date 
of such unfavorable action, except with the consent of the Planning Board. 



Article 5 

Voted unanimously: To accept the revised form of the existing Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton containing a table of contents, numerical 
sub-titles and the existing Zoning By-Laws, in place of the present form of said 
by-laws. 

THE PROTECTIVE ZONING BY-LAW 
OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Adopted December 16, 1953; 
As amended to December 20, I960 inclusive 

REVISED FORM 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 
I PREAMBLE 

II GENERAL REGULATIONS 

A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings 

B. Temporary Uses 

C. Lots in Two Districts 

D. Signs and Advertising Devices 

E. Trailers 

III DISTRICTS 

A. Classes of Districts 

1 . Residential 

2. Business 

3. Industrial 

B. Location of Districts 

IV USE REGULATIONS 

A. Residential and Agricultural District 

B. Business District 
C Industrial 

V INTENSITY REGULATIONS 

A. Residential and Agricultural District 

1. Area Regulations 

2. Setback 

3. Side and Rear Lines 

B. Business District 

1. Area Regulations 

2. Setback 



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C. Industrial District 

1. Area and Yard Regulations 

2. Setback 



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Side and Rear Lines 
a. Parking Area 
5. Off-Street Loading Facilities 

VI ADMINISTRATION 

A. Enforcement 

1. Enforcement 

B. Board of Appeals 

C. Amendments 

D. Effect of By-Law 

E. Validity 

I PREAMBLE 

For the purpose of promoting in the Town of Acton the health, safety, 
convenience and welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the dangers from fire, 
congestion and confusion and to encourage the most appropriate use of land 
in the town, this protective by-law is enacted. 

II GENERAL REGULATIONS 

A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings 

1. Nothing in this by-law shall prohibit the continued lawful use of land 
or buildings in the same or similar manner in which they were used at the 
time of the adoption of this by-law, but if any nonconforming use shall be 
discontinued for a period of more than five years, it may not be resumed 
except by a permit granted by the Board of Appeals. 

2. Necessary repairs and rebuilding of nonconforming structure after 
damage by fire, storm, or similar disaster are hereby permitted provided they 
are accomplished without undue delay and do not substantially change the 
character or size of the buildings nor the use to which they were put prior 
to such damage. 

B. Temporary Uses 

The Board of Appeals may permit a temporary building or use incidental 
to the development of a neighborhood, such permit to be issued for an initial 
period of not more than two years and for renewal periods of not more than 
one year each. 

C. Lots in Two Districts 

When a district boundary line divides a lot of single or joint ownership ot 
record at the time this by-law is adopted, the regulations for the less restricted 
portion of such lot shall extend not more than thirty feet into the more 
restricted portion, provided the lot has frontage on a street in the less restricted 
district. 

D. Signs and Advertising Devices 

Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this 
law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the 
Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen 
and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including a 
graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) square 



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feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said sign is on 
the premises of the person or company offering the services advertised 
and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered for sale or 
lease. 

E. Trailers 

Hereafter no person shall use or permit to be used for dwelling purposes 
within the Town, any trailer or similar mobile equipment whether registered 
or unregistered, mobile or immobile, except that mobile trailers may be used 
for temporary dwelling purposes, provided such use is licensed by the Select- 
men, said license to be applied for by the occupant within three (3) days 
after the unit is located in the Town, and with no license granted hereunder 
to be for a period exceeding six (6) calendar months. 

III DISTRICTS 

A. Classes of Districts 

For the purposes of this by-law the Town of Acton is hereby divided into 
the following three classes of Districts. 

1. Residential 

2. Business 

3. Industrial 

B. Location of Districts 

Said districts are denned and bounded on the map which accompanies this 
by-law, entitled "Zoning Map of the Town of Acton," Map No. 1 dated and 
filed in the office of the Town Clerk, which map, with notations thereon, is 
hereby made a part of this by-law. In the event of any difference between 
scaled distance upon said map and distance as indicated by figures, said 
figures shall govern. 

1. The industrial area marked A and shown on the map as located in 
Acton Center lies southeasterly on Main Street between Nagog Hill Road 
and Brook Street and includes only the land described in the following deeds: 

Mary A. Packard to Technology Instrument Corporation, recorded in Mid- 
dlesex South District Deeds Book 7632 Page 383. 

Mary A. Packard to Lucius E. Packard and Raymond W. Searle, recorded 
in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7840 Page 375. 

Norman E. Livermore to Paul M. and Margaret McPherson, recorded in 
Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7716 Page 558. 

IV USE REGULATIONS 

A. Residential and Agricultural District 

1. In a residential and agricultural district a building or premise may be 
erected, altered, or used for the following purposes: 

a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than 
four private motor vehicles. 

b. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. 

c. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval 
of the Board of Appeals. 

d. Agricultural use including the sale of farm products, the major 
portion of which is grown on the premises. 

e. Municipal, recreational, educational or religious use. 



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f. Accessory use on the same lot if not detrimental to the neighbor- 
hood, including the use of a room or rooms in a dwelling for not 
more than four paying guests, as a tea room, an office or studio 
by a physician, dentist, lawyer, music teacher, hairdresser, worker 
in handicrafts or a person of similar vocation resident in the dwell- 
ing, employing not more than two permanent employees. 

2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the Board of 
Appeals if adjudged nondetrimental to the neighborhood: 

a. Sawmill 

b. Kennel 

c. Rest Home 

d. Sand or Gravel Pit 

e. Stone Quarry 

f. Undertaking Eestablishment 

g. Guest or Lodging House for more than four persons. 

B. Business District 

1. In a business district, a building or structure may be erected or altered 
and a building, structure or premises may be used for any of the following 
purposes if not injurious, noxious or harmful to the health of the neighbor- 
hood by reasons of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, noise, or other cause. 

a. Any use as permitted in a residential and agricultural district. 

b. Retail business, service or public utility. Manufacturing on the 
premises of products the major portion of which is to be sold on 
the premises to the ultimate consumers thereof. 

c. Bank or office. 

d. Apartment, hotel, or lodging house. Not to include Trailer Camp. 

e. Place of amusement or assembly. 

f. Restaurant. 

2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the Board of 

Appeals if adjudged nondetrimental to the neighborhood. 

a. Sawmill 

b. Kennel 

c. Wholesale business not involving manufacture 

d. Warehouse 

e. Stone Quarry 

f. Undertaking establishment 

g. Sand or gravel pit 

C. Industrial District 

1. In an industrial district, a building or structure may be erected or 
altered and a building, structure or premises may be used for manufacturing 
not injurious, noxious or offensive to the neighborhood by reason of the 
emission of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, industrial waste (including 
the deposit in inland waters of silt, sand or stone, resulting from manu- 
facturing processes), noise or other cause, and for all uses as permitted in 
Section IV-A and Section IV-B hereof. 

2. Trailer camps shall not be permitted. 



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V INTENSITY REGULATIONS 

A. Residential District 

1. Area Regulations 

A building may be erected only upon a lot having 150 feet or more 
frontage and containing 20,000 or more square feet, except that on 
an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage, but 
containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the 
30 foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided 
the set back and sideline distances are maintained. A building and 
its building of accessory use may be erected on any lot which, at 
the time this by-law is adopted, is in ownership of record. 

2. Setback 

No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 30 feet 
to the sideline of the street, except that where two or more adjacent 
buildings have established a setback line less than permitted above, 
the Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in 
conformity with the line so established. 

3. Side and Rear Lines 

No building shall be erected nearer than 10 feet to a lot line 
without permission of the Board of Appeals. 

B. Business District 

1. Area Regulations 

A structure erected for residential purposes in a business zone 
shall conform to the area, setback, side and rear line restrictions as 
set forth in Section V-A of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton. 

2. Setback 

No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 30 feet 
to the sideline of the street. Where two or more adjacent buildings 
have established a setback line less than that permitted above, the 
Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in 
conformity with the line so established. 

C. Industrial District 

1. Area and Yard Regulations 

A structure erected for residential purposes in an industrial district 
shall conform to the area regulations, setback restrictions and side 
and rear line restrictions as set forth in Section V-A of the Protective 
Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton. 

2. Setback 

No building or other structure shall extend nearer than 30 feet to 
the sideline of the street. Where two or more adjacent buildings 
have established a setback line less than that permitted above, the 
Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in 
conformity with the line so established. 

3. Side and Rear Lines 

No building shall be erected nearer than 30 feet to a lot. side or 
rear line without permission of the Board of Appeals. 



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4. Parking Ar<?a 

A parking area off the public ways must be provided for all 
automobiles used by persons employed in or about the premises. 

5. Off -Street Loading Facilities 

Off-Street Loading facilities must be provided and be of sufficient 
area to keep the public way clear. 

VI ADMINISTRATION 

A. Enforcement 

1 . Enforcement 

This by-law shall be enforced by the Board of Selectmen in the 
manner provided for by the General Laws and the By-Laws of the 
Town. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Board of 
Selectmen hereunder may appeal to the Board of Appeals. 

B. Board of Appeals 

1. In accordance with Section 30 of Chapter -40 of the General Laws, a 
Board of Appeals consisting of three members shall be appointed by 
the Selectmen for terms of such length and so arranged that the 
terms of one member shall expire each year. Two associates shall be 
appointed in like manner. Such Board shall have all the powers set 
forth in said Section, together with the powers and authority set 
forth in these Protective Zoning By-Laws. 

2. No member of the Board of Appeals shall act in any matter in 
which he is personally interested, in such event an associate shall act. 

C. Amendments 

1. In accordance with the General Laws this by-law may be amended 
by a two-thirds vote of a Town Meeting. 

D. Effect of By-Law 

Nothing in this by-law shall be construed as repealing or modifying any 
existing Town by-law, rule, regulation or permit, but shall be in addition 
thereto. 

E. Validity 

1. The invalidity of any section or provision of this by-law shall not 
invalidate any other section or provision thereof not manifestly 
inseparable therefrom. 

2. These by-laws shall take effect upon compliance of the provisions of 
Section 32, Chapter 40 of the General Laws. 

Article 6 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out 
by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Ethan Allen Drive 826.73 feet from Summer Street; 

Paul Revere Road 451.28 feet from Ethan Allen Drive; 

Betsy Ross Circle 447.99 feet from Paul Revere Road; 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plans. 



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Article 7 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: 

Beverly Road 1,173 feet from Main Street; 
including the takings or acceptance of easement for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plan. 



Article 8 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, con- 
structed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out 
by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: 
Duggan Road 620.31 feet from previously accepted Duggan Road; 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plan. 



Article 9 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Suba vision Control Law and as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Birch Ridge Road 312.18 feet from Massachusetts Avenue; 

Cherry Ridge Road 439.25 feet from Juniper Ridge Road; 

Juniper Ridge Road 1,509.08 feet from Massachusetts Avenue; 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plans. 

Article 10 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: 

Spencer Road 1,163.62 feet from Prospect Street; 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plan. 

Article 11 

Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, 
constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid 
out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: 

Cherokee Road 683.88 feet from Nashoba Road; 

Oneida Road 242.06 feet from previously accepted Oneida Road; 
including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, 
where shown on said plan. 

Voted to Adjourn at 7:43 P. M. 

CHARLES M. MacRAE, 

Town Clerk. 



SECTION C 



Acton School Department Report and 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report.. 71 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 71_ 

REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

AND 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

ORGANIZATION 

Acton School Committee 

Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee, Chairman Term Expires 1962 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman, Secretary Term Expires 1963 

Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 

Mr. Edwin Richter Term Expires 1964 

Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 

Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee 

Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson, Chairman Term Expires 1964 

Dr. Joseph H. Hartshorn, Vice Chairman Term Expires 1962 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 

Mr. Leonard E. Ceglowski Term Expires 1964 

Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 

Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 

Mr. Edwin Richter Term Expires 1964 

Miss Margaret A. Shea Term Expires 1963 

Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1962 

Meetings of the Acton School Committees 

The Acton School Committee holds regular meetings on the first and 
third Mondays of each month and the Regional School Committee meets 
on the second and fourth Mondays. Both groups convene at the Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School at 7:30 P. M. 

Tel. 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-5737 

3-7738 

Director of Guidance, Miss Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 

School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 

School Nurse, Mrs. Dorothy Olson 3-7738 



72 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 

Secretaries : 

Mrs. Priscilla Felt, Superintendent's Office \ 27723 

Mrs. Dorothy Hansen, Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne 

Schools 3-4982 

Mrs. Molly Johnston, Health Office 3-7738 

Mrs. Jane Lewis, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Mrs. Mary Ott, Acton Elementary School 3-4181 

Miss Clarke Reese, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 

Mrs. Phyllis N. Sutherland, Guidance Department 3-7738 

Attendance Officer, Mr. David W. Scribner 3-5221 

Principals: 

Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools 

Mrs. Alice F. Hayes 3-4982 

Acton Elementary School 

Mrs. Carolyn T. Douglas 3-4181 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Mr. Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 

Vice-Principal, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

Mr. Arthur J. Hayes 3-7738 

Director of Cafeterias, Mrs. Anne H. Rimbach 3-7977 

Cafeteria Staffs: 

Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools: Mrs. Martha Lowden, 
Manager; Mrs. Edith Dale, Mrs. Dorothy Decker, Mrs. Laura Fullonton, 
Mrs. Martha Jeanson, Mrs. Constance McFarland. 

Acton Elementary School: Mrs. Helen Worrall, Manager; Mrs. 
Meridith Lambert, Mrs. Marguerite Shaw, Mrs. Frances Sindoris, Mrs. 
Mary Spinney, Mrs. Mary Tuttle. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Mrs. Meimi Fullonton, 
Manager; Mrs. Barbara Bentsen, Mrs. Anna D' Italia, Mrs. Louise 
Garceau, Mrs. Evelyn Hill, Mrs. Norma Newsham, Mrs. Christine Scrib- 
ner, Mrs. Katherine Teele. 

Custodians: 

Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools: Mr. John Conquest, 
Mr. Peter Smoltees. 

Acton Elementary School: Mr. Robert Graham, Mr. Paul Richardson. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Mr. Emery Nelson, Head 
Custodian, All Schools; Mr. Richard Allen, Mr. Milan Fenjac, Mr. 
Timothy Hennessey, Mr. Russell Wolfe. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 73 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 1962-1963 

Reopening of all schools, January 2, 1962 

Winter Recess, February 19-23 

Spring Recess, April 16 - 20 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Graduation, June 8 

Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, June 15 

Close of School, Grades 7-8, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School June 15 

Close of School, Grades 9-10-11, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 
June 18 (weather permitting) 

Summer Recess 

Teachers' Meeting, September 4 

Reopening of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, September 5 

Reopening of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, September 6 

Columbus Day, October 12 

Visiting Day (Teachers' Workshop), October 26 

Thanksgiving Recess, Noon, November 21-22-23 

Christmas Holidays, December 21, 1962 - January 1, 1963 

Reopening of all Schools, January 2, 1963 

Winter Recess, February 18-22 

Spring Recess, April 15-19 

Memorial Day, May 30 

Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, June 14 

Close of Schools. Grades 7 - 8. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, June 14 

Graduation, June 8 

Close of School. Grades 9-10-11. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. 
June 14 

NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 

1-1-1-1 7:15 A. M. No School Acton Public Schools— Grades 1 - 6 
2-2-2-2 7:00 A. M. No School All Schools All Day 



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REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton: 

Herewith is presented my annual report as Superintendent of Schools 
for Acton and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. 

In this my eighth report as Superintendent of the Schools of Acton, 
I should like to discuss with you three important phases of our School 
System, namely, Housing (Classrooms), Teachers and Cost of Instruction. 

Years 1951- 1961 

Percent 

of 
1951 1961 Increase Increase 

I Acreage 30 63 33 110% 

II Population 

(School) .... 636 2,142 1,506 237% 

III Classrooms 23 66 43 187% 

IV Teachers 32 102 70 219% 

V Budget $119,170 $709,360 $590,190 495% 

VI State Reim- 
bursement .. $29,712.73 $93,935.14 $64,222.41 247.96% 



HOUSING 

As the year 1961 passes, the housing, or classroom situation, is stay- 
ing ahead of the enrollment. In the year 1961, a contract was signed by 
the Permanent Building Committee late in December to Construct and 
equip a four (4) room addition to the Julia L. McCarthy School. 
Originally when the McCarthy School was constructed in 1953 it had the 
necessary facilities for twelve (12) classrooms, but at that time only 
eight (8) rooms were built. So these four rooms merely bring the 
building up to capacity. These four rooms are to be ready for occupancy 
in September 1962 and will be utilized immediately as we will have 
twelve first grade classes housed in the McCarthy Primary School in the 
Fall of 1962. 

On the Regional level, a fifteen (15) room addition to the Junior 
and Senior Regional High School was ready in December of this year. 
The original Regional High School was constructed in 1955 and opened 
in 1957 with 625 as a student capacity. In this year (1961) we have an 
enrollment of 840 which means we have 215 pupils more than the 
school was built for. The fifteen room addition brings the student 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 75 

capacity to 1,000, which could be reached on the opening of school in 
1962. I bring then two points to the attention of the Citizens of Acton, 
as plans have to be made now to build additional classrooms to keep pace 
with our continued increases in enrollment. 

Both our hard working, conscientious School Committees (Local and 
Regional) have been formulating plans for additional classrooms. 

1 . The Regional Committee has purchased land for a future 
Regional Junior High School. 

2. The Local School Committee shall present to the voters at the 
Annual Town Meeting in March an article granting them per- 
mission to purchase land to build and equip an Elementary' 
School in the very near future. Since it takes almost two years 
before a school is ready for occupancy, the School Committee 
is acting now to stay ahead of various problems such as double 
sessions which are now confronting other communities. 

A school system may have sufficient classrooms to house the children 
in a community, but to put a well qualified teacher in each classroom is 
the most important responsibility of any Superintendent and School Com- 
mittee. I think all will agree that excellent teachers are the backbone of 
any school system. The Acton Public Schools and the Acton-Boxborough 
Regional School have been fortunate in hiring and retaining the very 
best of teachers for our children. The hiring of teachers is a continuous 
operation that starts in September and, we hope, ends in May. Experi- 
enced teachers are visited by the Superintendent and Principal, observing 
them in other school systems, and they in turn visit us to observe our 
facilities. We experience a very pleasant relationship with placement 
directors of the many colleges, not only in New England, but throughout 
the country. Some of the desirable features which interest the best 
teachers in coming to Acton are the size of class, location, salary, teaching 
facilities, reputation of the school system, type of faculty (age, equal 
balance between male and female teachers) and the fact that our faculty 
is representative of the very best of colleges. 

Although salary might not rank first with prospective teachers, it is 
important. The School Committee has established a salary schedule for 
Acton that is competitive with other fine school systems in this area. 
Presentl ythe State minimum salary for teaching is $4,000.00, with a Bill 
in the Legislature to increase it to $4,500.00. Acton's minimum is 
$4,200.00 with an A.B. or B.S. Degree and $4,500.00 for teachers 
having a Masters Degree. 

For the first time this year, Blue Cross and Blue shield Benefits 
have been paid equally by the Town and Region unde. Chapter 32B of 
the General Laws. 



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The salary schedule of surrounding towns in which Acton competes 
for teachers is as follows: 

A.B. or B.S. degree 
Minimum Maximum 

Acton $4,200 $6,700 

Bedford 4,400 6,900 

Burlington 4,200 7,000 

Chelmsford 4,400 6,400 

Concord 4,400 7,000 

Lexington 4,600 7,350 

Lincoln 4,300 8,400 

Littleton 4,500 6,500 

Sudbury 4,400 Merit 

Wayland 4,500 6,800 

Weston 4,600 7,700 

Conclusion 

I express my sincere appreciation to all the many people and town 
departments who have worked with me for the improvement of our 
schools. All the school family, the School Committees, the Principals, 
Supervisors, Teachers, Secretaries and the Custodians, have played an 
important role in our school progress. Let us continue to strive for 
improvement as no one in education can stand still. If school systems do 
not move forward, they will slide backward. As Acton continues to 
grow in size the quality of our education should more than keep pace. 
I know the Citizens of Acton desire and deserve the very best. To give 
you the best is the target upon which we have set our sights. 

WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



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Proposed Budget for 1962 

ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

January 1 - December 31, 1962 

December 26, 1961 
Salaries — Instructional 

Present Staff $298,944.00 

Additional Needs — 9 teachers 18,000.00 

Substitutes 5,000.00 

Conference Attendance 300.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

Total Salaries — Instructional S323,244.00 

Books and Supplies 23,632.00 

Operation of Plants 

Custodians $17,850.00 

Fuel 6,200.00 

Supplies 3,000.00 

Water 425.00 

Gas 1,200.00 

Electricity 6,000.00 

Telephones 600.00 

Miscellaneous 2,000.00 

Total Operation of Plants 537,275.00 

Maintenance of Plants 

Instructional Equipment $600.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 2,500.00 

Total Maintenance of Plants $3,100.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Libraries $1,000.00 

School Nurse 2,100.00 

School Physician 400.00 

Eye and Ear Testing 400.00 

Health Supplies 100.00 

Printing and Advertising 50.00 

Transportation 30,000.00 

Transportation — Field Trips 500.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

Total Auxiliary Agencies $34,850.00 



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General Control 

Administrative Salaries $8,900.00 

Attendance Officer 50.00 

Conference Attendance by Superintendent 150.00 

Stationery, Postage, Supplies 250.00 

School Committee 200.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 

School Census 150.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 

Total General Control $10,150.00 

Capital Outlay 2,960.00 

Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

SUMMARY 

Salaries — Instructional $323,244.00 

Books and Supplies 23,632.00 

Operation of Plants 37,275.00 

Maintenance of Plants 3,100.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 34,850.00 

General Control 10,150.00 

Capital Outlay 2,960.00 

Contingency Fund 1,000.00 

$436,211.00 



SCHOOL FINANCES — 1961 

School Finances 1961 

Received — To the Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $25,210.00 

State Aid for Public Schools 102,559.43 

Federal Aid 13,684.98 

Education of Handicapped 4,254.31 

Tuition 1,350.15 

Miscellaneous 59.00 



$147,117.87 



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Appropriated, March, 1961: 

Regional School District $286,386.29 

Acton Public Schools 352,825.00 



Total Appropriated $639,211.29 

Expended from Appropriations: 

Regional School District $284,943.98 

Acton Public Schools 348,714.71 

Total Expended from Appropriations $633,658.69 



Expended for Operation in 1961 

High Elemental-) Total 

Instruction $220,301.46 $269,079-53 S489,380.99 

Books and Supplies 17,449.26 13,339.49 30,788.75 

Plant Operation 25,439.54 34,777.02 60,216.56 

Plant Maintenance 1,458.26 4,503.53 5,961.79 

Auxiliary Agencies 8,344.36 4,197.88 12,542.24 

Transportation 24,244.63 24,400.00 48,644.63 

General Control 9,952.16 9,062.50 19,014.66 

Special Charges 4,968.94 4.968.94 

Contingencies 166.42 470.92 637.34 

$312,325.03 $359,830.87 $672,155.90 

Gross cost per high 

school pupil (760) $410.95 

Gross cost per elementary school 

pupil (1,283) $280.46 

Gross cost per pupil (2,043) .... $329-00 

Gross Cost of Operation 

(as above) $312,325.03 $359,830.87 $672,155.90 

Less Federal, State, etc., monies 

applied to Maintenance in 

1961 75,863.41 76,666.09 152,529.50 

Net Cost of Operation $236,461.62 $283,164.78 $519,626.40 



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Net cost per high 

school pupil (760) $311.13 

Net cost per elementary school 

pupil (1,283) $220.70 

Net cost per pupil (2,043) $254.34 



1962 SCHOOL BUDGETS 

Total appropriation recommended by Acton 

School Committee $436,211.00 

Net amount requested by Acton -Boxborough 

Regional District School Committee 364,764.66 



$800,975.66 
Estimate of School Aid and other state or 

federal reimbursement $158,891.14 



Amount to be raised by local taxation for 

support of schools $642,084.52 



THE TOWN OF AGON SH 

Major Achievements — 1961 — Acton Public Schools 

1. Contract signed to construct and equip four (4) room addition to Julia L. 
McCarthy School. 

2. Painting of exterior of Julia L. McCarthy and Marion Towne Schools. 

3. Appointment of full time Art teacher. 

4. Appointment of full time Physical Education teacher. 

5. Continued study and revision of Elementary Curriculum started in September 
1960. 

6. Purchase of following equipment: 

(a) Vision testing machine 

(b) Drapes for McCarthy School Cafeteria 

(c) Cot for health room 

(d) Resetting of exterior doors (Julia L. McCarthy School) 

7. Clerical assistance for Health (Nurse) Department. 

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 

1. Complete construction and equipment of fifteen (15) room addition. 

2. Appointment of Heads of Departments — Mathematics — English — Science. 

3. French added to Grade 7 curriculum. 

4. Latin IV added to High School curriculum. 

5. Appointment of full time Art teacher. 

6. Appointment of full time Physical Education teacher. 

7. Mr. Ernest Mandeville recipient of Scholarship at Boston University under 
the National Defense Act. 

8. In service course of study "Economic Education*' by Professor K. Sheldon of 
Boston University and Dr. Myron Spencer. Dean of the Graduate School of 
Business at Northeastern University. 

9. Formation of Debating and Mathematics Teams for inter-scholastic 
competitions. 

10. Renewal of Arthur D. Little Plan in the field of Chemistry. 



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GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT 

The goal of school guidance personnel has been stated by one 
author as follows: "Helping an individual to analyze himself, evaluate 
his environment, select an appropriate solution to problems, and make- 
realistic plans." One implication of this definition deserves emphasis, 
namely, that the individual student initiates and carries through the 
actions mentioned; the guidance counselor assists by showing his 
acceptance of and interest in the student and by providing him with 
information about himself, his environment, and the opportunities avail- 
able to him. 

The I960 report of the local Guidance Department contained a 
brief description of guidance activities in five broad areas — individual 
study, educational and vocational information, counseling, placement, 
and follow-up — as they had developed since initiation of the guidance 
program in 1952. As stated in that report, the activities do not change 
from year to year. They are continually being expanded in scope to 
keep pace with an ever-increasing school population, and points of 
emphasis shift somewhat each year depending upon the needs of the 
individual students as they progress through school, meeting certain 
pressures, making every-day decisions, and formulating plans for their 
futures. 

For the substance of the present report an effort has been made to 
pose some questions which parents or other members of the community 
might like to ask about the local guidance program and to give at least 
partial answers to them. 

They are as follows: 

1. Who are the members of the Guidance Department? 

In addition to the Director of Guidance, there are currently 
three counselors — Morton Brenner (appointed September I960,) 
Miss Joan Capitell (appointed September 1955 and on sabbatical 
leave during 1961-62) and William Petkewich (appointed Septem- 
ber 1961) — and one part-time secretary, Mrs. Phyllis Sutherland 
(appointed September 1961). 

2. How are students assigned to counselors? 

At present the assignment is basically according to grade level. 
Students are assigned by homerooms and each counselor works with 
both boys and girls. It is understood that in the case of particular 
preference a student may request a counselor other than the one to 
whom he has been assigned. 

3. What is the student-counselor ratio? 

To date it has been possible to keep within the ratio of 400 
students to one full-time counselor on the hieh school level, as 



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specified by the "State Plan" for schools to qualify for federal funds 
under the National Defense Education Act of 1958. The objective 
of the State Department of Education is a ratio of 300:1 and it is 
expected that with the return of Miss Capitell in September 1962 this 
objective can be met locally at least for one year. 

4. How are interviews with students arranged? 

At least one interview per year with each student is initiated by 
the guidance counselor. In addition, the student makes an appoint- 
ment through the Guidance Department Secretary to see the counselor 
as the need arises. With few exceptions, interviews take place during 
the student's study period rather than class time. 

5. How do parents arrange for interviews with guidance personnel? 

The counselors are always ready to try to answer parents' ques- 
tions. Furthermore, interviews are usually mutually beneficial because 
parents can provide counselors with information that is invaluable in 
helping individual students. Parents are urged not to wait for an 
interview to be initiated by the school. They may make appoint- 
ments whenever they wish by calling the Guidance Department 
Secretary. 

6. What if special remedial or personal adjustment help is needed? 

Efforts are continually being made to evaluate local referral 
sources and, insofar as possible, the counselor will recommend 
specialized services when the need for them is indicated. 

7. When is the Guidance Department "open for business? ' 

All members of the department are on duty between the hours 
of 7:45 and 3:15 during the school year and the offices are usually 
open until 4:30. At least one person is available during the summer 
between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00. 

8. Do guidance services begin at grade 7? 

No. In the Acton schools, the guidance program for grades 1-6 
has been outlined and initiated, but it is not full-fledged. The 
Director of Guidance is responsible for coordination of the activities. 
Principals and teachers cooperate and are aided by one part-time 
counselor, Morton Brenner, and one part-time consultant, Miss Mar} 7 
Kearney of the Walden Clinic staff. 

It is felt that the key "counselors" in the primary and ele- 
mentary schools are the teachers themselves, for they enjoy a rela- 
tionship with their students that is unique. Having one group all 
day every day provides the opportunity for establishing a close 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 85 

rapport and for fostering academic and social growth to an extent 
that is not possible at higher educational levels. 

The guidance person in the primary and elementary grades does 
not see every child on an individual basis as do the secondary school 
counselors, although he does counsel certain students referred to 
him by teachers. Much of his work is of a consultant nature as he 
confers with teachers and parents — interpreting behavior and dis- 
cussing possible ways to effect changes in attitude or environment. 
Prevention of academic, social, and emotional difficulties is his goal. 

9. Do guidance personnel have any contact with groups? 

Yes. One counselor meets on a regularly scheduled basis with 
seventh grade students in a class called Orientation. Among the 
topics discussed are: Introduction to the High School, How to Study, 
Teacher-Pupil Relationships, Finding Out about Yourself, Different 
Kinds of Jobs, Your Future Educational Plans. 

In addition, counselors meet frequently with student groups at 
the upper grade levels and they arrange certain programs for parents 
each year. Typical subjects included are: high school plans of study, 
planning for further education, jobs for high school graduates, 
national testing programs, scholarship opportunities. 

10. What is the guidance library and how does it operate? 

The guidance library "doubles" as a waiting area for students 
and parents who have interviews scheduled with counselors and as 

the office for the Guidance Department Secretary. However, as the 
name implies, it is a storehouse of reference books, monographs, 
school and college catalogues, and unbound pamphlets about careers. 
Students may use the library during study periods and they may 
"sign out" reference materials for a period of a week at a time. 

Catalogues not ordinarily kept on file are sent for immediately upon 
a student's request. 

11. What is the placement record for the Class of 1961: 

Of the 87 members of the 1961 graduating class, 56 (64%) 
chose to further their education in colleges or specialized schools: 
24 (28%) undertook full-time employment; and 7 (8%) entered 
the armed services. 

The distribution of those entering schools and colleges was as 
follows : 



Colleges and universities 


24 


Junior colleges 


8 


Business schools 


9 


Nursing schools 


2 



86 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Private preparatory schools 6 

Technical and vocational schools 7 

The increasing selectivity of school and college admissions was felt 
to some extent by the 1961 graduates and the majority felt it was unsafe 
to make single applications. In all, 124 applications, transcripts, and 
recommendations were filed; 82 acceptances were received; and 56 school 
or college choices were made. 

Schools and colleges which our graduates entered last September are 
listed below: 

Colleges and Universities — Clark University, Cornell University. 
Elmira College, Goddard College, Harvard College, Hillside College, 
Houghton College, Jackson College, Lowell Technological Institute, Massa- 
chusetts College of Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University 
of Massachusetts, Miami University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 
Northeastern University, University of Paris, Pennsylvania State Univer- 
sity, Russell Sage College, Simmons College, Syracuse University, Univer- 
sity of Virginia. 

Junior Colleges — B. U. College of Basic Studies, Chamberlayne Jr. 
College, Endicott Jr. College, Lasell Jr. College, Vermont College, West- 
brook Jr. College. 

Business Schools — Burdett College, Chandler School for Women, 
Katharine Gibbs, Ward Schools. 

Nursing Schools — Melrose- Wakefield Hospital, Shepard-Gill School 
of Practical Nursing. 

Private Preparatory Schools — Brewster Academy, Admiral Farragut 
Academy, Manter Hall School, Millard Academy, Newman Preparatory 
School. 

Technical and Vocational Schools — Cambridge School of Radio-TV 
Broadcasting, Industrial Technical School, The Modern School of Fashion 
and Design, Oregon Technical Institute, Wilfred Academy. 

Among the entry occupations chosen by 1961 graduates were the 
following: Assembly Worker, Bank Clerk, Carpenter, Clerk-Typist, Dental 
Assistant, Heavy Equipment Operator, Laboratory Technician, Salesman, 
Secretary, Serviceman, Service Station Attendant. 

It is sincerely hoped that the questions and answers herein discussed 
are pertinent and that the functions of the local Guidance Department have 
been somewhat clarified, especially for people who are new to the com- 
munities of Acton and Boxborough. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUTH R. PROCTOR, 

Director of Guidance. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



87 



MEMBERS OF THE ACTON FACULTY 

Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 



julia l. McCarthy - marion l. towne schools 



Name 

Alice Hayes 
Mary Abraham 
Elizabeth Fiorenza 
Mary Hallaren 
Louise Harzigian 
Nancy Hill 
Tina Mintz 
Sarah Poland 
Dorothy Sullivan 
Judith Walker 
Elizabeth Witter 
Martha Hyde 
Helen deCoste 
Dolores Dye 
Elizabeth Flint 

Judith Laurens 
Nancy Lyons 
Louise Moriarty 
Alice O'Hearn 
Joyce Powers 
Margaret Barrett 
Florence Betcher 

Jean Dawes 
Ellen Fisher 

Mildred Kelly 

Anne Lockwood 
Joan McFarland 
Florence Merriam 



Professional Training 

State College at Fitchburg 
State College at Lowell 
State College at Boston 
State College at Lowell 
State College at Lowell 
Middlebury College 
Jackson College 
State College at Lowell 
Wheelock College 
Lesley College 
Smith College 
State College at Lowell 
Lesley College 
University of Buffalo 
State College at 

Framingham 
Wheelock College 
Ohio University 
Emmanuel College 
State College at Lowell 
Lesley College 
State College at Lowell 
Gordon College 
Boston University 
Middlebury College- 
University of 

Pennsylvania 
Florence (S. C.) 

Teachers' College 
Wellesley College 
Wellesley College 
State College at Fitchburg 





Grade or 


Degree 


Position 


BS 


Principal 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BA 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


BS 


I 


AB 


I 


BS 


I 




11 


BS 


11 


BS 


II 


BS 


II 


BS 


II 


AB 


II 


BS, M.Ed. 


II 


BS 


II 


BS 


III 


BR Ed. 




M.Ed. 


III 


AB 


III 


BA 


III 


BS 


III 


AB 


III 


AB 


III 




III 



Carolyn Douglas 
Sylvia Gorfinkle 
June Hadfield 
Madeleine Kingston 
Elizabeth McAleer 
Janice Morgan 
Jennie Richards 
Sally Shineman 
Marilyn Blom 
Dorothy Bonner 
Elizabeth Carr 
Rosemarv Cook 



ACTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 



State College at Fitchburg 
Boston University 
Rhode Island College 
State College at Fitchburg 
Rhode Island College 
State College at Fitchburg 
State College at Lowell 
Middlebury College 
Colby College 
Middlebury Col I 
Smith College 
Trinity College 



BS 


Principal 


AB 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS 


IV 


BS, M.Ed. 


IV 


BS 


IV 


AB 


IV 


AB 


V 


AB 


V 


AB 


V 


AB 


V 



88 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Nancy Joslin 


Mount Holyoke College 


AB 






Boston University 


M.Ed. 


V 


Mary Zabierek 


College of New Rochelle 


AB 


V 


Katherine Bateman 


Mount Holyoke College 


BA 






Suffolk University 


MA 


VI 


Louise Ewing 


State College at Boston 


BS 


VI 


Mary McCarthy 


State College at Boston 


BS 


VI 


Robert Menzies 


Teachers' College, 








Aukland 


Certificate 






Aukland University, N. Z 


. M.Ed. 


VI 


James Palavras 


Boston University 


BA 


VI 


^Barbara Parker 


Boston University 


BS, M.Ed. 


VI 



*Maurine Berry 



SPECIAL FIELDS 

Oklahoma City University BS 





Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Vocal Music 


Morton Brenner 


Boston University 


BS, MS 


Guidance 


George Doren 


Yale University 


BM, MM 


Instrumental 
Music 


Jeanne Haskell 


Anna Maria College 


BA 


Vocal Music 


Constantine Limberakis 


Boston University 


BM 


Director of 
Music 


Salvatore Lipomi 


State College at Lowell 


BS 


Opportunity 




Tufts College 


M.Ed. 


Class 


Katherine Matsen 


Smith College 


BA 


Librarian 


Dorothy Olson 


Simmons College 


BS 


Nurse 


Janet Polomis 


Rosemont College 


BA 


Speech 




Boston University 


MA 


Therapy 


Ruth Proctor 


Radcliffe College 


AB 


Director of 




Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 


Hannah Skahan 


Marymount College 


AB 


French 


Nathalie Vanderpool 


Abilene Christian College 


BS 


Physical 
Education 


Alice Viano 


University of 








New Hampshire 


BA 


Art 



ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 



District Superintendent, William L. O'Connell 









Grade or 


Name 


Professional Training 


Degree 


Position 


Raymond Grey 


Tufts College 


AB, MS 


Principal 


Arthur Hayes 


University of Mississippi 


BA 






Stanford University 


MA 


Vice-Principal 


Ruth Proctor 


Radcliffe College 


AB 


Director of 




Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 


Stuart Adler 


Cornell University 


AB 






Boston University 


M.Ed. 


English 


Priscilla Allen 


Middlebury College 


AB 


English 


Charles Battit 


Boston University 


BA 


Science 


Jeanne Berard 


University of Connecticut 


BS 


Home 
Economics 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



89 



Joseph Blanchette 


Suffolk University 


AB 


French 


Frank Blomberg 


Springfield College 
University of 


BS 


Social Studies 




Massachusetts 


M.Ed. 




Alice Bogomolny 


Barnard College 


AB 


Science and 
Mathematics 


Margaret Boornazian 


Burdett College 




Business 


Frances Boyle 


State College at 


BS 


Home 




Framingham 




Economics 


Daniel Boylen 


Boston University 


BS, M.Ed. 


Physical 
Education 


Morton Brenner 


Boston University 


BS, MS 


Guidance 


Mary Campbell 


Immaculata College 


AB 


Social Studies 


Maureen Cogan 


Smith College 


AB 


Social Studies 


Joan Capitell 


Boston University 


BS. M.Ed. 


Guidance 


James Dadoly 


American International 








College 


BA 


Science 




Harvard University 


M.Ed. 




Helen Detsch 


Boston University 


BS 


English 


George Doren 


Yale University 


BM, MM 


Instrumental 
Music 


Alan Foresman 


State College at Fitchburg 


BS, M.Ed. 


Social Studies 


Joanne Garduno 


Radcliffe College 


AB 


Librarian 


Edith Hatch 


State College at Fitchburg 




Reading 
Improvement 


Francis Holahan 


State College at Fitchburg 


BS 


Industrial Arts 


Peggy Holley 


David Lipscomb College 


BA 


Social Studies 




Boston University 


M.Ed. 




Mary Hubbard 


Boston University 


BS 


Art 


Linda Jordan 


Albion College 


BA 


English and 




University of Michigan 


MA 


Spanish 


Mary Keefe 


Emmanuel College 


AB 


Mathematics 




University of 


MS, Ed. 






Pennsylvania 






Mason King 


Massachusetts Institute 








of Technology 


BS 






Harvard University 


AMT 


Science 


Constantine Limberakis 


Boston University 


BM 


Director of 
Music 


-Ernest Mandeville 


University of 








Massachusetts 


BS 


Industrial 




State College at Fitchburg 


M.Ed. 


Arts 


Nathaniel Mann, III 


Hamilton College 


AB 


Mathematics 


Robert Morris 


Boston University 


BA. MA 


French 


Elizabeth Morriss 


Pembroke College 


AB 






Harvard University 


M.Ed. 


English 


Dorothy Olson 


Simmons College 


BS 


Nurse 


Glenn Pasanen 


Harvard University 


AB 


Social Studies 




University of California 


MA 


and English 


Jacqueline Phaneuf 


State College at Lowell 
University of 


BS 






New Hampshire 


MA 


French 


William Petkewich 


State College at Salem 


BS 






Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Guidance 


Francis Pratt 


Eastern Nazarene College 


BS 






Harvard University 


AMT 


Social Studies 



90 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Isadore Stearns 


University of Maine 


BS 


Physical 
Education 


Ralph Stetson 


Northeastern University 




Industrial 

Arts 


James Sullivan 


Merrimack College 


BA 


Science 


Antoinette Tesoniero 


Middlebury College 


BA 


English 


Marklyn Trainor 


Rhode Island State 








College 


BS 


Mathematics 


Caroline Vattes 


Massachusetts College 








of Art 


BS 






Columbia University- 


MA 


Art 


Henry Wall 


State College at Salem 


BS 






Boston University 


M.Ed. 


Business 


Paul Walsh 


Boston University 


BS 


Science and 
Mathematics 


Nancy Werneth 


Pembroke College 


AB 


Latin 


Janet Whitney 


Simmons College 


BS 


English 


Raymond Wooster 


Eastern Nazarene College 


BS 


Mathematics 



*On leave of absence 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 91 

REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

The annual report of the Town of Acton for the year 1959 pre- 
sented in detail the Report of the Visiting Committee of the New 
England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In this report 
the committee of educators made many valuable recommendations, and 
it is our intention to review what has been accomplished as far as 
implementing their advice. 

Program of Studies (Section D) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1 . That a more explicit program of studies be provided which can be made 
available to the staff, parents and pupils. A program of studies is now 
printed annually and is available to all. 

2. That special consideration be given to a study of the needs of the 
academically talented students and provide for such a program in the 
program of studies. 

An "Honors Program" for the academically talented is now in operation. 
This special program to meet the needs of these students starts in grade 
seven and is completed in grade twelve. 

3. That a study be made of the offerings in the general course with a view 
to providing a program which would be practical and meaningful. 

At the present time this is our most pressing problem and we hope to 
arrive at a solution by June 1962 and, therefore, changes in the program 
would be effective in September 1962. 

Art (Section D-3) 

1 . Improvement of source material of reference files and library. This has 
been taken care of with the cooperation of the school librarian. 

2. Addition of storage area. 

This has been accomplished by the addition of a new art room. 

3. The introduction of oil painting. 

Our students are now using oils by the time they are juniors and seniors. 

i. More emphasis on art appreciation, weaving and ceramics. We hope to 
have in operation by next September the possibility of a student electing 
five periods per week of art. Therefore, more time could be spent on art 
appreciation, ceramics and weaving. 

Business Education (Section D-4) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. The initiation of a plan for an office assignment course which will place 
business pupils in offices in the school. Students from our Secretarial 
Practice course are assigned by the teacher to the general office on a 
scheduled basis. These students meet visitors, answer the telephone. 
operate the telephone switchboard, type and use the school communica- 
tion system. The students are graded on this practical phase of this 
course. 



92 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

English (Section D-5) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That the department head be given released school time for the purpose 
of supervising and coordinating. 

This has been accomplished as of September 1961. 

2. That more instructional material be provided for specialized areas of 
instruction. 

We have provided many more reading books for each grade level and 
we are constantly adding to our library. We have also added a com- 
pulsory summer reading program and, in addition, we have had the 
school library open twice per week during the summer vacation. 

3. That provisions be made for more dictionaries in English classrooms. 
Each year we are adding excellent dictionaries to all classrooms. 

Foreign Languages (Section D-6) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends : 

1. That Latin be offered for at least three years. 
We now offer four years of Latin. 

2. That the department have more readers available in French and Spanish. 
This has been taken care of as a result of National Defense Education 
Funds in addition to Regional High School Funds. 

3. That more stress be put on conversational work in French and Spanish. 
All our teachers are fluent in these languages and our approach is now 
auraloral. We also are placing in use a new thirty-booth language labora- 
tory this year, and we also have French in grade seven. 

4. That a Foreign Language Section be established in the library for adequate 
reference work. 

There is a section in the library established for this purpose. 

Health and Safety (Section D-7) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends : 

1. That steps be taken to improve the mechanics of fire drill procedure. 

The visiting committee felt that the students were not moving out fast 
enough and that they were standing too close to the building outside. 
This has been explained to the teachers and students. We feel that this 
recommendation has been taken care of. 

Industrial Arts (Section D-9) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends : 

1 . That a study be made of condition of floor of metals area. Committee was 
concerned over the fact that the hardwood floor would be ruined in this 
area, therefore, we installed heavy guage sheet metal in specific areas to 
take care of this situation. 

2. That increased storage facilities should be provided. 

Metal racks, wood storage area and additional closets have been allocated 
to the department. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 

Mathematics (Section D-ll) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That a head of the mathematics department be appointed. 

A head of the department was appointed, effective September 1961. 

2. That a study be made of the adequacy of instructional materials. 

This has been rectified by purchase of new texts, addition of new 
reference works, and we are at the present time working on a National 
Defense Education Project in mathematics WITH the funds which we hope 
department. 

3. That the administration study the assignment of courses to teachers so 
that mathematics teachers would be teaching only in the mathematics area. 
This is a fact for our teachers are working in their major field of con- 
centration. 

Music (Section D-12) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That an immediate study be made of the need for an increase in the staff 
of the music department to assist the director of music in instrumental 
instruction in both the high school and elementary grades. 

The director of music now has two assistants and one teacher on a 
sabbatical. 

2. That the services of the director of music be scheduled to the high 
school level, except for direct supervision of the elementary school music 
programs. 

This has been an accomplished fact since September 1961. 

Physical Education for Boys and Girls (Section D-13) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends : 

1. That more emphasis be placed on skills and abilities having practical 
carry-over into adult physical recreational activities. 

Our physical educational program is now geared to include these 
carry-over activities such as volleyball, archery, tennis and badminton. 

2. That consideration be given to the assignment of the instructors to the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on a full-time basis. 

The instructors are now on a full-time basis. 

3. That foot baths and additional locker or basket facilities be provided. 
The recommendation was accepted and has now been implemented by the 
purchase of foot baths and additional baskets. 

Science (Section D-15) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That a greater number of pupils be encouraged to participate in the 
Science Fair. 

The Science teachers and the administration are constantly working on 
this problem, and we hope to achieve success this year. 



94 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 

2. That provision be made for continued purchase of special equipment and 
supplies. 

This has been achieved by the following: 

a) Increase in budget 

b) National Defense Education Acts Funds 

We are of the opinion that we now lack little in supplies and equipment. 

3. The appointment of a department head. 

A department head was appointed for September 1961. 

4. That all science classes be scheduled in or near science rooms. 
All classes are now scheduled in or near science rooms. 

Social Studies (Section D-16) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. An expansion of the audio-visual aids, maps, and charts. 
Maps, charts, globes have been added to this department. 

2. The investigation into the feasibility of establishing for outstanding 
students in the senior year, a seminar in the field of American history. 

A seminar in international relations has been established for outstanding 
seniors. 

Pupil Activity Program (Section E) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. Consideration of the possibility of increasing the scope of the Student 
Council to include enforcement of school policies and regulations. 

The Student Council, due to its excellent officers and adviser. Mr. Arthur 
Hayes, has made tremendous progress for this school. 

They are now in complete charge of class elections, school assembly pro- 
grams and, as a unit, make recommendations to the high school 
administration. 

2. Study of content, frequence of issuance, and format of papers or other 
Regional School papers for the purpose of raising the standards of "The 
Colonial Crier." This has been done and we now publish an excellent 
school newspaper. This is due to initiative oi the staff and their adviser. 
Miss Nancy Werneth. 

Library Service (Section F) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That the audio-visual aids be under the supervision of a person other 
than the librarian. 

The Regional High School Librarian is no longer in charge of audio- 
visual aids. 

2. That the library is not to be used as a study hall. 

The library is no longer used for classes or for a study hall. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 95 

Guidance Services (Section G) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends : 

1. That consideration be given to provide more clerical assistance for the 
guidance department. 

The guidance department now has a part-time secretary. 

2. That consideration be given to the inclusion of a male counselor in the 
guidance program. 

The guidance department has one full-time male counselor and one- 
part-time male counselor. 

School Plant (Section H) 

The Visiting Committee Recommends: 

1. That provision be made for controlling glare on west wall of gymnasium. 
The windows facing west in the gymnasium have been painted and the 
glare has been reduced. 

2. That provision be made for ventilation of faculty dining room. 
Windows which open and screens have been provided for this area. 

3. That graphboards be installed in mathematics classrooms. 
Graphboards have been purchased and installed. 

4. That two cots be available in the clinic. 
An additional cot has been provided. 

5. That a study be made relative to the need of a "late" bus. 
A study was initiated and, as a result, we have a "late" bus. 

6. That a hand rail be provided on the stairs leading to parking areas. 
A hand rail has been installed on these stairs. 

School Staff and Administration (Section I) 

The Visit nig Committee Recommends : 

1. The establishment of the position of full-time vice-principal. 

This has been partially fulfilled. Mr. Hayes teaches two classes and 
spends the remainder of his time as vice-principal. 

2. That department heads be appointed in various areas of the curriculum. 
We now have three department heads and other departments will be taken 
care of in the immediate future. 

J. That the School Committee proceed to complete drawing up and codifying 
its policies. 
The School Committee has drawn up and codified its policies. 

i. That consideration be given to the need for more stability of teachers with 
emphasis on future appointments, of teachers with greater maturity mu\ 
experience. 

This was an excellent recommendation and we have been abL- to appoint 
teachers with greater maturity and experience with our salary schedule. 

5. That consideration be given to the need for more clerical assistance in the 
areas of guidance, administration and in general service to the staff. 
Since our evaluation in 1 9^9 additional clerical help has been added to 
the school. 



96 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

In our opinion we have taken care of 80 per cent of the Visiting 
Committee's recommendations, and we have until 1965 to handle the 
remainder. 

I should like to express my gratitude to the School Committee, Mr. 
O'Connell, the faculty, office staff, custodians and to the students for 
their cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND J. GREY, 

Principal. 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 

December 31, 1961 

Mr. William O'Connell 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. O'Connell: 

The annual physical examinations were completed in November 
Special examinations for those participating in competitive athletics were 
conducted at the beginning of the school year. Parents were notified 
of all medical, dental, and orthopedic problems as encountered. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, Schick Tests were given 
to the children in the lower grades. Also in December children whose 
parents granted permission, were given Tuberculin Tests. 

I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers, school and town 
nurses for their cooperation and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M.D. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 97 

REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 

from 
September to December 1961, inclusive 

Physical examinations by Doctor Paul P. Gates, school physician, 
began on September 11 and included Junior and Senior High competitive 
sports candidates, all students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and students who 
have not had a physical examination within the past three years. A total 
of 885 physical examinations, an increase of 40 physicals over I960, was 
completed on November 21. Referrals were sent to parents on medical, 
orthopedic and dental defects. 

Under the direction of Mrs. Janet Polomis, the speech therapy 
program began in September with an enrollment of 102 students of the 
Primary, Elementary and Junior High Schools. 

Vision and hearing testing began on October 9th and has been 
completed except for new students and absentees, enrollment being 2,142 
students as of December 1, 1961. 



VISION: 




2,148 students tested 
321 students retested 




Primary School 
Elementary School 
Regional School 

I 7 77 Am \T S~ 


26 
126 
169 


HtAKING: 

2,110 students tested 
140 students retested 




Primary School 
Elementary School 
Regional School 


96 
29 
15 



In most cases parents were notified of the hearing test failure by tele- 
phone as well as mail. Parents were notified of vision test failures by 
mail. 

Mantaux testing for Tuberculosis, which was done on November 8, 
15 and 29, included 652 students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 11; 6 student 
cafeteria workers and 9 school personnel. 

To help carry out the Tuberculosis program it has been arranged 
for the State X-ray unit to come to Acton on March 27th and 29th. At 
this time, all school personnel shall be X-rayed. 

Daily nursing visits to each of the three schools covered sickness, 
communicable disease check and accidents. During this four month 
period, 26 of the student accidents were covered by school insurance: 



98 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Regional High School 24 

Elementary 2 

The Future Nurses Club, with a membership of seventeen girls of 
the Senior High School, has continued and its members have assisted 
with assembling students for vision and hearing testing. 

The program of prophylaxis and treatment could not have been 
carried out successfully without the whole hearted cooperation, which 
was received from Mr. O'Connell, the Principals and all other school 
personnel, Doctor Gates, Mrs. Hale, R.N., Mrs. McNiff, Mrs. Larsen 
and the parents and students. Their interest and assistance in the school 
health program is most sincerely appreciated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DOROTHY J. OLSON, R.N., 

School Nurse. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



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100 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



GRADUATION EXERCISES 
June 9. 1961 



Salutatorian 

Valedictorian 

Scholarship Awards: 

Blanchard Memorial Scholarships 
Arlene Caless 
Allan Prowten 
Priscilla Robinson 

Acton High School Scholarship Fund 
Bruce Bottomley 
Arthur Sindoris 

West Acton Woman's Club Scholarship 
Mary McNiff 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship 
Caroline Brown 



Acton Parent-Teacher's Association Scholarship 
John Mulvey 

Maynard Rotary Club Scholarship 
Joan Tuttle 

Acton Firemen's Association Scholarship 
Muriel Brown 
Charles Oliver 

Acton Lions Club Scholarship 
William Bartlett 
Julia Tinker 

Acton Teachers' Association Scholarship 
Judith Hartwell 

John A. Donelan Scholarship 
Donna Cunningham 

Acton Garden Club Scholarship 
Peter Woolston 



Arthur Richard Sindoris 
Bruce Bland Bottomley 



Katharine Gibbs 

Pennsylvania University 

University of Massachusetts 



Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 



Westbrook Junior College 

Russell Sage College 

Clark University 



Ward School 



Lowell Technical Institute 
Harvard University 



Syracuse University 
Simmons College 



Elmira College 

Chamberlayne Junior College 

Cornell University 



Edwards-Quimby Post 284, American Legian Medals 

Nancy Lortz Vermont College 

Arthur Sindoris Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Other Awards: 

Harvard Club in Concord Book Prize 
Donald Lee 

Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal 
Bruce Bottomley 



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101 



Bausch and Lomb Medal 
Arthur Sindoris 

Outstanding Seniorof the Class of 1961 
Bruce Bottomley 

Daughters of the American Revolution Award 
Judith Hartwell 

Award for Mathematics 
Bruce Bottomley 

National Honor Society Members: 

Seniors: William Bartlett, Bruce Bottomley, Muriel Brown, Donna Cunningham, 
Mary Anne Ey, Jane Gregoritch, Judith Hartwell, Linda Morrison, 
Charles Oliver, Allan Prowten, Arthur Sindoris 

Juniors: Barbara Beddoe, Richard Critchfield, Anita Davis, Judith Dill, 
Martha Ferry, Linda Gibbs, Margaret Hale, Joan Hansen, David Lee, 
Donald Lee, Claire Lyons, Richard Nylander, Nancy Peck. 
Janet Putnam, Carol Schene, Carolyn Stanley 



CLASS OF 1961 



David Frederick Abbt 
Robert Thomas Albright 
Ethelinda Irene Allen 
Robert Warren Andersen 
Maureen Ashline 
William Ernest Bartlett 
Stephen Edward Bean 
Donald Ward Benham 
Frederick Charles Benham 
Bruce Bland Bottomley 
Maida Alma Broadbent 
Caroline Sherwood Brown 
Edmond Burr Brown, Jr. 
Muriel Joyce Brown 
Lynne Marie Butcher 
Arlene Michelle Caless 
Henry Adams Campbell 
Theodore Henry Cook, III 
Sharon Ann Critchfield 
Donna Merle Cunningham 
Elizabeth Roberts Custance 
Charles Edward Derby 
Rita Suzanne Dillon 
Virginia Ann Dunlap 
Mary Anne Ey 
Vivian Edna Flagg 
Gerald Steven Flannery 
Richard Dennis Freeman 
Karen Evelyn Granberg 
Jane Anne Gregoritch 
Burlyn Ross Gubser. Jr. 



Wayne Morris Hampson 

John Edward Hartshorn 

Judith Ann Hartwell 

Russell Ernest Hayward 

Frederick Theodore Heyliger, Jr. 

Pamela Louise Hill 

Linda Christine Hope 

Edward Henry Howard, Jr. 

Raymond Joseph Landry 

Bruce Leslie Larsen 

Barry Charles Lazaro 

Nancy Ellen Lortz 

Barbara Jean MacDonaKl 

Janet Evelyn MacLean 

Roger Douglass MacPhee 

Carolyn Ruggles MacRae 

Charles Edward Manion 

David Burr McElvein 

Alan Crosby McKelvie 

Mar>' Elizabeth McNiff 

Paula Jane McPherson 

David James Meader 

Diana Coral Moore 

Linda Ann Morrison 

Phyllis Ann Muise 

John Gavin Mulvey 

Robert Allan Nordberg 

Janice Elaine Notargiacomo 

Charles Guy Oliver 

Gary William Osborne 

Edward Passerello 



102 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Geraldine Perry 
Allan Wainwright Prow ten 
Arlene Louise Rein 
Michael Edward Rioux 
Priscilla Ann Robinson 
Carolyn Roche 
Peter Edward Ryan 
Evelyn Sawyer 
Donna Ann Semple 
Arthur Richard Sindoris 
Perry Cunningham Smith, Jr. 
Kathleen Mary Spinney 

Peter Greene 



Carolyn Louise Steele 
Bruce William Steeves 
Nancy Kathryn Strate 
James Albert Strum 
Julia Tinker 
John Henry Tolman 
Carol Ann Torkelsen 
Joan Elizabeth Tuttle 
Joyce Ellen Wilkes 
Harriet Ann Wilson 
Martha Wilson 
Virginia Compton Woodhead 
Woolston 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 103 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Proposed Budget for 1962 
January 1 - December 31, 1962 

General Control 

School Committee Expenses $400.00 

Administrative Salaries 9,900.00 

Supervisor of Attendance 50.00 

Stationery, Postage, Supplies 400.00 

Conference Attendance by Superintendent 150.00 

School Census 150.00 

Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 

Bonding Treasurer 300.00 

State Audit 150.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 



TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL $11,950.00 

Expenses of Instruction 

Present Staff $279,911.00 

Additional Needs — 3 teachers 6,000.00 

Substitutes 3,000.00 

Conference Attendance 300.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL SALARIES $290,211.00 

Textbooks 

Art S100.00 

Business 326.00 

English 1,500.00 

Guidance 100.00 

Home Economics 125.00 

Industrial Arts 100.00 

Languages 800.00 

Mathematics 635.00 

Music 215.00 

Orientation 60.00 

Physical Education 75.00 

Remedial Reading 150.00 

Science 653.00 

Social Studies 670.00 

Miscellaneous 1.500.00 

TOTAL TEXTBOOKS S7.009.00 

Instruction Supplies (Specific) 

Art Si, 300.00 

Audio-Visual Aids ' 200.00 

Business 150.00 



104 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

English 100.00 

Guidance 890.00 

Home Economics 1,600.00 

Industrial Arts 1,400.00 

Music 1,063.00 

Physical Education 500.00 

Science 800.00 



Total Supplies (Specific) $8,003-00 

Instructional Supplies (General) 3,500.00 



TOTAL EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION $308,723.00 

Operation of Plant 

Custodians $15,000.00 

Fuel 8,000.00 

Gas 600.00 

Light 6,500.00 

Plowing 1,000.00 

Supplies 3,500.00 

Telephone 1,500.00 

Water 300.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 

TOTAL OPERATION OF PLANT $37,400.00 

Maintenance of Plant 

Instructional Equipment $910.00 

General Maintenance Equipment 1,240.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT $2,450.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Transportation — Field Trips $300.00 

School Physician 400.00 

School Nurse 2,100.00 

Health Supplies 150.00 

Library 3,000.00 

Graduation 400.00 

Printing and Advertising 30.00 

Middlesex County Retirement System Assessment 1,500.00 

Insurance 3,500.00 

Blue Cross -Blue Shield 5,000.00 

Miscellaneous 300.00 

TOTAL AUXILIARY AGENCIES $16,680.00 

Outlay 

Music — Instruments and Equipment $1,040.00 

Chemistry Table 750.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 105 

Tote Trays 50.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 

TOTAL OUTLAY $2,240.00 

Cost of Transportation 36,000.00 

Special Charges 

(70% Blanchard Auditorium 

1961 Operating Expense) $5,880.00 

Miscellaneous... $5,400.00 



RECAPITULATION 

General Control $11,950.00 

Expenses of Instruction 308,723.00 

Operation of Plant 37,400.00 

Maintenance of Plant 2,450.00 

Auxiliary Agencies 16,680.00 

Outlay 2,240.00 

Cost of Transportation 36,000.00 

Special Charges 5,880.00 

Miscellaneous 400.00 

Total Maintenance and Operation $421,723.00 

Capital Cost, Debt Service 150,745.00 

Non-Classified, School Athletic Fund 3,243.00 

GRAND TOTAL $575,711.00 

Gross Operating Budget $421,723.00 

Less (1) Balance of 1961 Operating Budget $1,600.79 
(2) 1960-61 Transportation Reimburse- 
ment 21,150.00 

$22,750.79 

$398,972.21 

Debt Service 

Interest 40,745.00 

Maturing Debt $1 10. 000. 00 

Less: State Aid 65,400.00 

% I t. 600. 00 

Non-Classified 

School Athletic Fund 3,243-00 



$487,560.21 



106 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED 
AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH 

YEAR 1962 

Acton 

♦Operating Expenses, 91.2% of $388,722. 21**$354,5l4. 66 

Cost of Transportation 26,000.00 

Less Reimbursement (60-61) 15,750.00 10,250.00 

Debt Service, 95% of $85,345.00 81,077.75 

Non-Classified, 91.2% of $3,243.00 2,957.62 



$448,800.03 



Boxborough 

'Operating Expenses, 8.8% of $388,722.21** $34,207.55 

Cost of Transportation 5,400.00 

Less Reimbursement (60-61) 5,400.00 0.00 

Debt Service, 5% of $85,345.00 4,267.25 

Non-Classified, 8.8% of $3,243.00 285.38 



$38,760.18 



$487,560.21 



Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/61 760 

Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/61 .... 73 



833 



; *Gross Operating Budget ($421,723.00) less $1,600.79$420,122.21 
Less Combined Acton and Boxborough Cost of 

Transportation (contract amounts) 31,400.00 

$388,722.21 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 107 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1961 

Balance, December 31, I960 $189,212.01 

Receipts, 1961: 

Town of Acton $367,463.24 

Town of Boxborough 35,122.10 

Construction Loan: 

Principal 300,000.00 

Premium 900.00 

Accrued Interest 387.50 

State Aid for Construction 180,094.14 

Federal Aid 32,496.77 

Transportation Reimbursement 21,150.00 

Tuition 92.50 

U. S. Treasury Bills 2,993.00 

School Lunch 40,148.61 

School Athletics 1,147.82 

Federal Taxes 40,081.95 

State Taxes 3,602.85 

Teachers' Retirement 11,876.89 

County Retirement 1,499.15 

Teachers' Insurance 657.68 

Blue Cross - Blue Shield 3,487.95 

Miscellaneous 690.70 

Total Receipts $1,043,892. 85 



Total $1,233,104.86 



108 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Treasurer's Report 
December 31, 1961 

Disbursements, 1961: 

Maintenance and Operation: 

General Control $11,045.68 

Expenses of Instruction 260,090.69 

Operation of Plant 28,234.78 

Maintenance 1,618.50 

Auxiliary Agencies 9,261.22 

Outlay 1,584.63 

Transportation 28,900.00 

Special Charges 5,514.92 

Miscellaneous 184.71 

School Lunch 38,471.51 

School Athletics 4,713.32 

Federal Taxes 40,081.95 

State Taxes 3,564.84 

Teachers' Retirement 11,876.89 

County Retirement 1,499.15 

Teachers' Insurance 657.68 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,487.95 

Land Acquisition 5,657.63 

Federal Aid 14,577.56 

School Construction 379,938.48 

Payment on Principal 105,000.00 

Interest on Bonds 42,235.00 

Cost of Bond -Issue 962.76 

Total Disbursements $999,159.85 

Balance, December 31, 1961 233,945.01 

$1,233,104.86 

PRISCILLA FELT, 

Treasurer. 



SECTION D 



Archives Committee 109 

Board of Appeals 110 

Building Committee 110 

Building Inspector Ill 

Cemetery Commissioners 112 

Conservation Commission 114 

Civil Defense Agency 113 

Dog Officer 115 

Elizabeth White Fund 115 

Engineering Department 116 

Fire Department 117 

Goodnow Fund 119 

Health 120 

Industrial Development Commission 125 

Inspector of Animals 126 

Inspector of Wires 1 27 

Insurance Committee 1 27 

Library 128 

Moth Superintendent 130 

Personnel Board 130 

Planning Board 131 

Police Department 133 

Recreation Commission 137 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 139 

Street Light Committee 139 

Superintendent of Streets 140 

Town Forest Committee 141 

Tree Warden 142 

Veterans' Services 142 

Welfare 143 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 144 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 109 

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 
Report of 1961 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

The Archives Committee of the Town of Acton submits herewith its 
report for the year 1961. 

The Committee has met several times during the year and, at the 
request of several Town Boards, has assisted in locating needed informa- 
tion. Three volumes of documents have been rebound, annual reports of 
1874-1901, 1920-1926, and an index of Births, Marriages and Deaths. 

The Committee deeply regrets that during the year it lost one of its 
members, Warren Custance. He took a great deal of interest in historical 
facts about Acton, and was a founder and first President of the Acton 
Historical Society. The Committee hopes to carry on during the coming 
year his research on the Davis Guards. 

On behalf of the town as well as the Committee we wish to express 
our appreciation to Mr. Clinton S. Curtis, who replated the historic 
communion set and goblets owned by the Town of Acton, and to Mrs. 
Albert W. Wunderly, who contributed velvet protective coverings for 
these articles. The set has been placed in the Harvard Trust Company 
vault for safekeeping. 

The Committee is pleased that the vault at the South Acton Fire 
Station has been completed and is available for storage of valuable 
records. It is planned to transfer many of the inactive documents and 
papers from the Town Hall vault to South Acton, thereby opening up 
space in the Town Hall for current material. 

It is planned to microfilm data from 1955 through I960 during the 
coming year, bringing the microfilmed material up to date. Lamination 
or various old plans, drawings and documents is also anticipated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK S. KENNEDY 
WARREN W. CUSTANCE* 
JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 



2]0 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

The Acton Board of Appeals held twelve (12) public hearings 
during the year 1961 on the following matters: 

A. Permits for earth removal. 
Granted — ; Denied — 1 

B. Permits for specific uses and exceptions. 
Granted — 3 ; Denied — 1 

C. Variances from the requirements of the Protective Zoning 

By-Law. 
Granted — 3 ; Denied — 3 ; Withdrawn — 1 

Respectfully submitted, 

CRAIG E. LUNDBERG, 
WILLIAM C. SAWYER, 
HAYWARD S. HOUGHTON, 

Board of Appeals. 



TOWN BUILDING COMMITTEE 

January 2, 1962 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

In the year 1961, the Acton Building Committee completed the 
South Acton Fire Station; completed the incinerator building at the 
Elementary School; engaged the Architects Collaborative as architects for 
the addition to the Julia McCarthy School, advertised for bids, submitted 
an article for the Special Town Meeting of December 18, 1961, which 
was approved, and signed the General Contract for the addition with 
Alexander Associates, Inc. The total cost of this four room addition is 
estimated to be $125,000. 

On December 3, 1961, an Open House was held at the South 
Acton Fire Station, which was well attended by Townspeople and invited 
guests. 

The final cost of the Elementary School was $810,025.13. 

The Building Committee, at the request of the Selectmen, made 
specific recommendations to the Selectmen for purchase of land for a 



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111 



new Police Station and/or school expansion or use by the Highway 
Department. 

LLOYD W. PRIEST, Chairman 

KENNETH E. JEWELL 
*ROBERT B. LORTZ 

ARNOLD H. MERCIER 

WARREN W. WHEELER 
tMRS. DONNELL W. BOARDMAN 
iH. STUART MacGREGOR 

* Term expired October, 1961 
t Representing School Committee 
i Representing Fire Department 



REPORT OF BUILDING INSPECTOR 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Town of Acton 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith respectfully submit my report for the year ending 
December 31, 1961. 

Permits Issued 

Xumber of 

Areas Permits Estimated Cost 

Business 4 5133,400.00 

Apartments 1 30,000.00 

Industrial 9 115,000.00 

Apartments 2 40,000.00 

Club House 1 15,000.00 

Residential 138 2,475,524.00 

Religious 2 473,000.00 

Municipal 3 445,500.00 

Recreational 1 19,000.00 

Additions 71 133,000.00 

Total 232 $3,879,424.00 

Expenses 

Wages and Travel % 1.099.00 

Supplies 40.00 

Total Si. 139.00 



VI2 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Receipts 

Fees for Permits $5,439.50 

All receipts were turned over to the Town Treasurer. 
Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT E. FOSTER, 

Building Inspector 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We hereby submit the following report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1961. 

The Cemetery Department has received and paid into the treasury 
the sum of $3,888.60 which can be found itemized in the Treasurer's 
report. In the Town Collector's report will be found the sum of $500.00 
collected for the annual care of lots, which is credited to this department 
receipts. 

This past summer the Chapel walls, woodwork, cathedral ceiling, 
stained glass windows were washed and all woodwork waxed. This work 
was necessitated by the smoke damage as reported in our last report. 
Also, there have been extensive repairs made to the outside of the Chapel 
and improvements to the grounds, the total cost of all this work has been 
paid for by the Trustee's of the Varnum Tuttle Fund, thereby saving the 
town the sum of $1,446.73. 

It was necessary to remove the large circular stained glass window in 
the Chapel, as it had started to buckle and it would have soon cracked. 
It is being repaired by an experienced stain glass concern and will be 
replaced in the spring. The cost of this work is also being taken care of 
by the Varnum Tuttle Fund. 

The records show that during the year 1961 there were 61 inter- 
ments made in the Acton cemeteries. This is an increase of 33.3% over 
I960, and it is anticipated that as the town grows so will the number of 
interments increase each year. Therefore, the Board finds it will be 
necessary to extend a new area in Woodlawn Cemetery for more ceme- 
tery lots and we have inserted an article in the annual town meeting 
warrant to appropriate from the Cemetery Land Fund, the sum of 
$ 2, 000. 00 to help prepare a new section for future lots. 

The Board has inserted an article, asking for an appropriation for 
the purpose of purchasing a truck for this department. We feel that it 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 1_13 

is better for the department to own their own truck than to rent one. 
We have, also, an article asking for the sum of $350.00 to purchase 
cement grave liners for the use of the department, this money will return 
to the town when the liners are sold. 

Early in the spring we had a section of the Veterans lot in Wood- 
lawn Cemetery, graded, seeded and landscaped with shrubs. In the fall 
several beds of flowering shrubs and trees were set out in various sections 
of the cemeteries. 

Some of the projects planned for the coming year, are as follows: — 
to relay a semi-circular wall around the Capt. Robbins monument on 
Concord Road, a retaining wall to take care of a high earth bank in the 
upper part of the cemetery, to straighten many of the stones in the revo- 
lutionary section of Woodlawn Cemetery. Also, to remove a great man) 
high corner posts in both cemeteries to help cut down maintenance cost 
of trimming around them. 

In closing, the Board wishes to thank the Clerical Staff at the Town 
Hall for their assistance and co-operation, and to thank the Police 
Department for relaying messages from funeral directors to the superin- 
tendent as this department has no telephone in its office. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 
HARRY E. HOLT, 
HOWARD F. JONES, 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



REPORT OF CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

During the past year, two Civil Defense lectures were sponsored by 
the Acton Civil Defense Agency at the invitation of social groups within 
the town. Approximately 260 pieces of official Civil Defense Publications 
were hand distributed or mailed. Forty-six (46) phone inquiries were 
replied to by mail or telephone. 

Under the surplus property provisions of the Civil Defense Act. 
Acton received approximately $624.00 worth of surplus federal property 
apportioned as follows: 



114 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

$40.00 Acton Civil Defense Agency 

72.00 Boy Scouts 
512.00 Acton Youth Center 



S624.00 



The expense to the Town for this material was $78.10. 

Communications equipment was purchased for use at the Civil 
Defense Headquarters in the amount of S 39 5. 00 as authorized by the 
Annual Town Meeting and was usefully employed in Civil Defense 
exercises during the past year. 

Natural and Nuclear Bomb Disaster Plans were discussed with the 
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Committee on November 27th 
of this year and further planning is expected to continue during the 
coming year. 

Respectfully submitted. 

john f. Mclaughlin, 

Director, Acton Civil Dejense Agenc . 



REPORT OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

The first annual report of the Conservation Commission is herewith 
submitted. During the year the commission met regularly, on the first 
Thursday of the month, at the office of the Town Engineer. Several 
projects relating to the town's natural resources were discussed through- 
out the year with activity started on the following: 

Three meetings were held jointly with the Littleton Conservation 
Commission, resulting in the submission of a bill in the 1962 legislative 
session to clarify public access to Fort Pond in the Town of Littleton. 
County 7 Commissioners, directed by the legislative Acts of 1952 to lay out 
a right of way to Fort Pond, in the Town of Littleton, requested an 
amendment to allow the access site to be located in the Town of Littleton 
and Acton. 

The commission started work on a land classification map for the 
Town, with particular emphasis placed on the wetlands. The quantity and 
quality of the wetlands will be considered, along with their vulnerability 
for destruction due to agricultural drainage, filling for industry, housing, 
etc. It is hoped that this information will be of value to the Town in its 
land-use planning. 

Another activity considered by the commission, was the establish- 
ment of a Private Land Trust in town. A well attended public meeting 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 115 

was held to discuss the land trust, with Mr. Thomas Flint, president of 
the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, serving as a 

speaker. 

Three members of the commission attended the State Association 
meeting held in Cambridge last spring. The chairman served on a panel 
at the State Association meeting, also presented a paper at an association 
sponsored workshop held in Essex County. 

At the request of members serving in the conservation commission 
and other town boards, an article was entered in the Special Town Meet- 
ing in December increasing the membership of the commission from 
five to seven, with all members appointed at large. This was done in 
fairness to the members from the Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, 
and Recreation Commission, who presently spend much time on other 
town activities. The town voted to approve the article. 

It is the hope of the commission that our conservation activities will 
prove invaluable to the town during this period of rapid growth. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER 
DAVID P. TINKER 
CHARLES D. MacPHERSON 
ROBERT J. ELLIS 
JAMES M. SHEPARD. Chairman 



REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1961. 

Calls and complaints investigated 38 

Dogs picked up 38 

Dogs returned to owners 30 

Dogs disposed of 8 

Notices to owners of unlicensed dogs 210 

483 
Respectful h submitted, 

CARL \V. FLINT. 

Dog Officer. 



116 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE 
ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1961 

The Trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town Treasurer 
totaling $825.00 (Eight hundred and twenty-five dollars). 

Respectfully submitted, 

HAZEL P. VOSE, 
ELEANOR P. WILSON, 
HELEN B. WOOD, 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. 



REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby respectfully submit my report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1%1. 

During that time, the following work was done by the Engineering 
Department : 

1. Inspecting road and drainage construction in all active subdivisions. 

2. Laying out and describing streets in connection with road acceptance 
proceedings. 

5. Checking tentative and definitive plans for new subdivisions. 

4. Giving grades and lines for drainage installations to the Highway 
Department. 

5. Gathering and filing of copies of deeds from the Registry of Deeds 
at the first step in the preparation of an Assessor's Map, as author- 
ized by Town Vote in Article 23 at the 1961 Annual Town Meeting. 

6. Designing sidewalk along Main Street, as authorized by Town Vote 
in Article 39 at the 1961 Annual Town Meeting. 

7. Assisting and advising the Planning Board, the Board of Health, 
the Highway Department, the Recreation Commission, the Board 
of Assessors, and other municipal agencies, in engineering and 
surveying matters. 

8. Revising and up-dating town maps and records. 

9. Laying out and drawing up of drain easements. 

10. Surveying and engineering the proposed relocation of a part of 
Central Street near Richardson's grade crossing, as instructed by 
the Board of Selectmen. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 117 

During the year 1961, Mr. Lewis L. Bowker, Jr., joined the Engi- 
neering Department, bringing with him the experience of ten years as a 
surveyor. I am firmly convinced that this experience will be more bene- 
ficial to the Town of Acton in years to come. 

I should like to express my sincere appreciation to the many 
individual citizens, to the various organized groups, and to the members 
of the Town's administrative departments for their valuable suggestions, 
for their constructive criticism, and for their cooperation. Without their 
help, without that "pooling of resources and dormant talents" the 
Engineering Department's functions would have been reduced to the role 
of a neutral observer rather than that of an active catalyst. 

Respectfully submitted. 

FRED K. HANACK, 

Engineering Department. 

REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my twenty-ninth annual report of the Fire Depart- 
ment for the year ending December 31, 1961. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Residential 14 

Non-Residential 

Mercantile 1 

Manufacturing 8 

Miscellaneous 4 

Grass and Brush 42 

Automobile, etc 15 

False Alarms 2 

Smoke scares and accidental alarms 19 

Accidents and Emergencies 40 

Out of Town 6 

151 

Loss to buildings $7,349.00 

Loss to contents 1,740.00 

Loss to Automobiles 3,605.00 

$12,694.00 
Permits Issued: 

Oil and Power Burners 121 

Bottled Gas 15 



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Blasting 66 

Open Air Fires 1,046 

Inspections and investigations 1,070 

2,318 

Collected for permits #100.50 

Miscellaneous cash Collections 13.50 

Collected Rents at Station #1 90.00 

Collected Rents at Station #3 90.00 



$294.00 

Under Article 2, a new air compressor was purchased and put in 
service at the West Acton Fire Station. 

Under Article 6, a new 1,000 gallon pumping engine was purchased 
from The Farrar Company and put in service at the South Acton Fire 
Station. 

Under Article 7, a new Ford Cruiser was purchased from Ken-Dunn 
Ford Company and put in service for use of the Fire Chief. 

Under Article 17, the new Fire Station has been completed at 
South Acton and was put in service November 1, 1961. 

Under Articles 44-45-46, the fire alarm extension under these 
articles have not been completed at this time, but will be in the near 
future. New fire alarm boxes have been installed in several locations as 
follows: 

on Main Street at School Street 

on River Street at Merriam Lane 

on School Street at Hosmer Street 

on School Street at Waite's Corner 

on Iris Court at Azalea Apartments 

on Massachusetts Avenue and Prospect Street 

1962 PROGRAM 

Stabilization Fund — $10,000.00. 

To justify this increase it is scheduled for a three-year period to 
replace the ladder truck at South Acton which will be 22 years old. 

Emergency Power Generator. 

The reason for this request is that the fire alarm system is operated 
on Edison power with a battery stand-by in case of power failure, which 
is good for a 24-hour period. In case of power failure, the base radio 
would be out. 

In case of some sort of disaster, one of the most logical places for 
emergency housing, would be the Fire Stations. 



Box 


212 


Box 


222 


Box 


254 


Box 


252 


Box 


4222 


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323 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 119 

Fire Hydrant. 

At the present time, there is no water available for fire protection 
on Pope Road. However, there is a water hole on land owned by the 
town on Pope Road that could be made available by piping it to the 
street. 

Fire Alarm Extension. 

This extension would cover the southwesterly part of South Acton. 

I believe that now all the underwriters requirements to bring the 
fire department up to standard, have been accomplished, with the excep- 
tion of a few more alarm extensions, and of course replacing out-dated 
and out-moded equipment as it is required. 

In closing, I wish to thank the firemen and auxiliary firemen for 
their cooperation in attending meetings, drills, training schools, and the 
assistance they have given me through the year. I, also, wish to thank 
the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, the Clerical Staff at the 
Town Hall, and all others who have contributed to the support and 
operation of the Fire Department. 

Respectfully submitted. 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



REPORT OF THE 
TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 

Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 

S3,465.5-i 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank SIS. 01 

Concord Co-operative Bank 112.51 

SI 30.52 

EXPENDITURES 

Treasurer of the Evangelical Church in Acton .... Si 10.52 
Town of Acton for the perpetual care of Good- 

now Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 

$130.52 

THELMA L. BOATMAN, 
JAMES N GATES, 
CLARK C McELVEIN. 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



120 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year ending 
December 31, 1961, together with the reports of other departments con- 
nected with it. 

Sanitation is a way of life. It is the quality of living that is 
expressed in the clean home, the clean farm, the clean business and 
industry, the clean neighborhood, the clean community. Being a way of 
life it must come from within the people; it is nourished by knowledge 
and grows as an obligation and an ideal in human relations. 

The continued good health and well-being of the people of Acton 
depend upon appropriate sanitation, therefore with the increase in build- 
ing, closer supervision of sanitary conditions have been necessary. 

Individual sewerage systems need attention and it is recommended 
that they should be checked periodically and pumped if necessary. 

In presenting an Article in the Town Warrant, the Board of Health 
is calling attention once again to a number of areas in the town which 
presently constitute a health hazard, and at the same time pose problems 
of sewage disposal which cannot comply with existing rules and regula- 
tions. Many problems of sewage disposal can be met by the judicious 
location of building and adequate provision for individual systems. 
There exist, however, substantial areas of residential dwelling, notably in 
West and South Acton, wherein problems of sewage disposal cannot be 
met by individual home owners or even abutter cooperation. 

There is need for a coordinated study by interested and responsible 
Town officials to make a concerted attack upon this problem, to estimate 
objectively in dollars and cents, number of dwellings, number of house- 
holders, location and acreage, the present hazard and future problems. 
The collection and study of existing information in the way of town 
contours with this particular subject in mind, and the availability of 
professional consultant services, particularly federal, needs clearer 
delineation. 

It is the purpose of this Article to establish a committee representing 
the Selectmen, the Planning Board, the Town Engineer and the Board 
of Health, together with a representative of the Town at large, to make 
such studies and to make recommendations to the respective committees 
no later than 30 October 1962. Such report may be expected to recom- 
mend any appropriate action, whether for a sectional or regional system 
or systems, complete with treatment plant location and recommendations 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 121^ 

for appropriation of land, to essentially maintain the status quo or the 
more economical expedient (?) of town appropriation by eminent domain 
of those areas in the town unsuitable for continued residence. 

The Board has held regular meetings every second and fourth Mon- 
day of each month. Special meetings were held whenever necessary. 
Visitors are always welcome to attend these meetings. 

During the year regular inspections of schools, food handling estab- 
lishments, milk dealers, kindergartens, nursery schools, rest homes, etc. 
have been made. 

The Board of Health has worked constantly for health standards 
throughout the community. 

Water samples have been tested whenever it was considered 
necessary. 

Mosquito control spray was provided during the spring and summer. 

The Board sponsored the usual clinics, namely, Diphtheria and 
Tetanus immunizations, Dental clinic, Tuberculin clinic and Dog rabies 
immunization. 

We have no cases of TB in hospitals at present. The Middlesex 
County Sanatorium at Waltham provides a clinic for free chest X-ray. 
It is suggested that people take advantage of this free clinic. 

The Town provides a garbage collection. No rubbish collection is 
provided; however the Town maintains a Dump for the convenience of 
residents of Acton. 

The Town has been free from any epidemic of communicable 
disease, dangerous to the public health. 

All communicable disease should be reported either by an attending 
physician or the householder, (Chapter 111, General Laws of Massa- 
chusetts). 

There were 70 cases of contagious disease reported during the year 
1961. 

Cases Reported: 

Scarlet fever and strepto throat 2 

Chicken pox 10 

Measles 8 

German Measles 6 

Dog bites 14 

Mumps 26 

Tuberculosis 1 

Syphilis 



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There were 21 premature births reported during 196l. 

The services of the Town Nurse are available for those who cannot 
pay for emergency nursing care. Those who are financially able are 
required to pay a small fee for each visit. These services are offered only 
under guidance of a physician. She may be reached by calling the Board 
of Health Office CO 3-4736. 

The following permits and licenses were issued: 

Sewage disposal permits 171 

Total amount collected for these $3,150.00 

Offal transport permits 3 

Catering permits 2 

Overnight cabins and camps 2 

Methyl alcohol permits 9 

Kindergarten and Nursery school 

Store milk license 14 

Milk dealers license 12 

Massage license 1 

Amount collected for these permits $50.00 

Nursing and Rest Homes inspected 2 

Eating and Food dispensing establishments 

inspected 15 

Burial permits issued 34 

Plumbing permits issued 193 

Amount collected $2,083.50 

Amount collected from Town Nurse $882.00 

Total amount received and deposited with the Town 

Treasurer for year ending December 31, 1961 $6,165.50 

The Board of Health wishes to thank all those who contributed to 
its progress for the year 1961. 

Respectfully submitted, 
ROBERT C. HEUSTIS, R.S., Chairman 
MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N. 
DONNELL W. BOARDMAN, M.D. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



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IN MEMORIAM 

In December 1961 the Town was saddened by the death of Lillian 
F. Taylor who for twenty-five (25) years served as Town Nurse. She 
also served as a Board of Health member at one time. She was a faithful 
citizen in the performance of her duties and obligations to the Town. 
still caring for others long after her resignation. 

A picture of Dr. Orma L. Clark who was Chairman of the Board 
of Health, and the late Lillian F. Taylor retiring Town Nurse. Picture 
was taken at a testimonial in 1952 for Mrs. Taylor. Dr. Clark resigned 
from the Board in 1958 after serving as Chairman for 20 years. He now 
resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 



124 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



To the Board of Health: 

I hereby submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1961. 

The following visits were made: 

Old Age Persons 

General Welfare 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Veterans, Veterans' Widows and their Dependents 

Follow up and Health supervision 

Maternity and Child Health visits (some paid visits) 

Communicable Diseases 
Mumps 
Chicken pox 
Tuberculosis patients and contacts 

New cases of Tuberculosis 1 

Transfers from Boston 1 

Total number of unpaid calls 1,024 

Total number of paid calls 878 

Trips to hospitals and doctors with patients 23 

Number of calls made on Saturday, Sunday and 

Holidays 174 

Public Health Clinics held during the year in cooperation with the 
School Department are as follows: 

Diphtheria Clinics (Tetanus/Diphtheria boosters) 

for grades 1, 5 and 9 314 

Dental Clinics 11 with appointments 71 

Tuberculin Testing Clinic pupils 652 

Positive reactors (now being X-rayed) 23 

A Polio Clinic was held in June and only 36 persons availed them- 
selves of it. 

I also assisted at Preschool Clinic with the School Nurse in April. 

An X-ray Clinic for Farm Laborers was held in Maynard, Acton 
had 8 X-rayed. 

Kindergarten, playground and Scout Camp Inspec- 
tions 14 

Total amount of fees received and turned over to the 

Town Treasurer $882.00 

I wish to extend my thanks to all those who have helped me during 
the past year, especially Mrs. Lydia Rhodes and Mrs. Hazel Vose who 
are always ready to help when there are more calls than time. 

EILEEN F. HALE, R.N. 

Town Nurse. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 125 

To the Board of Health: 

Acton, Massachusetts 

There were no cases of slaughtering reported during the year 1961. 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



REPORT OF 
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 



January 4, 1962 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 



This is our fifth annual report but the first since the Acton Industrial 
Development Committee with no budget became a Commission with a 
present annual budget of $500.00. This transition occurred by vote of 
the March 1961 Annual Town Meeting and broadened the scope of our 
work substantially. 

Our principal efforts during 1961 concerned the 125 acres of 
so-called Concord Reformatory Farmland lying between Hosmer Street 
and the Concord line on the southside of Route 2. In summary: 

1.) The Annual Town Meeting by an overwhelming vote of 604 
to 120 rezoned this land from residential to industrial usage. This unpre- 
cedented expression of the townspeoples' wishes justifies our past and 
present efforts at the State Legislative level. 

2.) After our presentation of Acton's case before the Joint Public 
Welfare Committee, both that committee and the House Ways and Means 
Committee favorably reported House Bill 2301 to the floor of the House. 
This bill would have directed the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction to 
convey to the Town of Acton for industrial use the 125 acres rezoned by 
the Town. Proceeds of the sale of this land by the Town to industry or 
industrial developers were to be returned to the Commonwealth. This 
bill passed the first and second readings in the House but lost on the 
third reading. 

3.) A similar bill has just been refiled in the Town's behalf by 
Rep. Vernon L. Fletcher. We feel as strongly as ever that success of this 
legislation could be the keystone to Acton's long terms economic future. 

In quite another area, we have sent representatives to formative 
meetings of a Route 495 Regional Industrial Commission and a Northern 
Middlesex Industrial Development Council, sponsored respectively by the 
State Dept. of Commerce and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. 



m 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 

Finally, we have received seven specific requests this year from firms 
in such varied fields as scientific research and development, shopping 
center development, quarrying, and prefab building construction who were 
potentially interested in locating in Acton. As a result of these contacts 
it continues to be clear that Acton is on the fringe of the area considered 
ripe for industrial development. Therefore we cannot too strongly 
emphasize the importance of successfully concluding our Reformatory 
land negotiations so that Acton will stand ready when industry moves out 
to meet it. 

A. L. BECK 

ALLEN M. CHRISTOFFERSON 
FREDERICK H. BUBIER 
STEPHEN E. LORD 
RICHARD J. O'NEILL 
PAUL H. LESURE, Chairman 
Acton Industrial Development Commission 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1961. 

Premises inspected 30 

Cows 244 

Young cattle 24 

Bulls 8 

Steer 10 

Swine 1 

Sheep 13 

Goats 4 

Horses and Ponies 37 

Dog Bites 19 

Dogs Quarantined 24 

Rabies 



384 



Respectfully submitted, 



CARL W. FLINT, 

Animal Inspector. Town of Acton. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 127 

REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

To the Honorable Board of Sele< i men: 

I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for the year 
ending December 31, 1961. 

Two hundred seventy-eight permits were issued. The sum of two 
thousand three hundred five dollars and seventy-five cents, ($2,305.75) 
was collected in fees for these permits, and turned over to the Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LESLIE F. PARKE, 

Inspector of Wires. 
LFP/jp 



1961 INSURANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 

January 25, 1962 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

The principal change in the Town Insurance Program in 1961 was 
the recruiting of the Town Fire Insurance Schedule onto the New Public 
and Institutional Property form. The revision of coverage provides a 
single limit of $2,066,500.00, which equals 90% of the insurable values, 
and can be applied to any unit insured. The technical name is blanket 
coverage on Buildings and Contents. 

The new contract requires an inspection of all qualified buildings 
annually by the New England Fire Insurance Rating Association, and 
quarterly inspection by Town officials for seeking out fire hazards. In 
recognition of these inspections the fire rate is reduced 25%, the extended 
coverage 40%, and the vandalism 50%. These rate credits have made it 
possible for the Town to buy extended coverage and vandalism protection 
at a reasonable cost. 

This revision was completed in November, which upset the Wo J 
budget, because the new policy required more insurance than the old and 
much better protection, and hence, will increase the annual expenditure 
about $800.00, but this year it will seem like more because the anniver- 
sary date of the policies has been changed from April to November, 
which means that an extra six months of insurance must be paid for in 
one fiscal year. 



228 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Another matter under consideration is the purchase of Public Lia- 
bility Insurance on certain Town Properties, and the activities of certain 
employees who, in the course of their duties, could accidentally cause 
injury to persons or property of citizens. The complete package will cost 
in the vicinity of $1,000.00. The Insurance Committee are aware that 
the Selectmen are giving this problem very serious consideration, but 
realize that the budget problems may not permit such an expenditure this 
year. 

In September of 1961 the Town Employees were enrolled under a 
Plan of Group Life Insurance and a Revised Blue Cross - Blue Shield 
Plan under the authority of Chapter 32-B of the General Laws of Massa- 
chusetts, which Act was accepted by vote of the Town at the Annual 
Town Meeting in March of 1961. By this acceptance, the Town author- 
ized the Town to pay fifty percent of the cost of this insurance; the 
employees themselves pay the remaining fifty percent. 

There were no other changes in the Town Insurance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID P. TINKER 
RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
CHARLES M. MacRAE 
THERON A. LOWDEN 
THOMAS MOTLEY, Chairman 



LIBRARIANS REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit the following report for 1961: 

Board of Trustees 

Richard Bodge Roland MacLean 

Mrs. Florence Durkee Miss Florence Merriam 

W. W. Forbes, M.D. Mrs. M. P. Moore 

Frank Garbarino, Chairman Marvin Tolf 
Dudley Howe 

Library Hours 

Acton Memorial West Branch 

Tuesday - Saturday (incl.) Tuesday 3 - 6 P. M. 

1 - 6 P. M. and 7-9 P. M. Thursday 6 - 8 P. M. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 129 

Librarians 

Marian L. Piper 

Marion M. Armstrong Edna R. distance 

Ina Milbery — West Branch 

Custodian 
Edna R. Custance 

Accession 

Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1961 21,169 

Increase by Purchase 1,298 

Increase by Gift 197 

Withdrawn 995 

Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1962 22,669 

Circulation in 1961: 

Fiction 24,500 

Non-fiction 10,988 

Juvenile 17,269 

Total 52,757 

Circulation in I960 50,145 

Receipts 

Fines $866.52 

Miscellaneous 15.50 



Total $882.02 

The Trustees of the Library are working on a plan for long range 
expansion and have started buying $2,000.00 worth of children's books 
in addition to regular purchases. This has been done as a part of a pro- 
gram of improvement based on a study made by a State Department of 
Education Library representative. No added expense to the Town is 
incurred as bequested funds are available. 

About five hundred new books have been acquired and put on the 
shelves. Another three or four hundred will be added. The selections 
have been made from picture books to eighth grade and include the 
popular classics, biographies, histories, science and some light reading. 

Through the kindness of the employees of the Natick and Burling- 
ton plants of Radio Corporation of America, an additional one hundred 
and ten books for very young children were given to the Library in 
memory of Michele St. Lawrence. 

My thanks to all who so kindly contributed books and magazines. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARIAN L. PIPER. 

Librarian. 



]30 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. A foliage spray 
was applied to all elms growing on town property. Wild cherry and 
apple trees along the street were also sprayed for tent caterpillars. 

Our poison ivy control program was continued with emphasis 
around playgrounds and recreation areas. 

We removed 42 diseased Elms in 1961. There are 10 diseased Elms 
remaining to be removed before April 1962. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Moth Superintendent. 



REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

At a regular Town Meeting in March of 1961, the townspeople 
voted unanimously to appropriate a sum of money to be used to hire a 
consultant to check our programs of study in past years relative to salaries 
and wages, and to incorporate the wishes and feelings of the Personnel 
Board into a Town By-Law. This has been accomplished in the resulting 
By-Law which will appear as Article 4 on the 1962 Annual Town Meet- 
ing Warrant. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CLYDE HORNE, Chairman 
PETER GRAY 
EVERETT PARKER 
CHARLES WHITEHEAD 
JOHN DARGIN 
WARREN J. NEWELL, Clerk 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 131 

REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD — 1961 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

The year 1961 was another busy one for the Planning Board and was 
also one that offered much satisfaction to the members of the board, in 
that several programs and plans for the future development of the town 
that have long been in the preparation stage have been completed. The 
implementation of the recommendations of these studies will be one of 
the major activities of the board during the next few years. 

The recommendations of hired consultants must be carefully studied 
by all the various boards and committees of the town, whenever their 
individual functions may be involved. Where it is deemed advisable, 
changes and modifications will be made based on the intimate knowledge 
of the town that these town officials have. The final responsibility for 
the future of the town, however, falls on all of the townspeople in their 
participation at public hearings and their votes at town meetings. 

The Planning Board is of the opinion that one of its major functions 
should be to present reasonable and well thought out plans to the town 
for its action. This we feel can be best accomplished by the regular 
publication of all its activities and through public hearings. This we 
have done during the past year and expect to continue in the future. 

The completed programs are as follows: 

1. The comprehensive planning and study program which started 
in 1959 has been completed and will be published in January 1962. A 
summary of its major recommendations is elsewhere in the town report. 

2. A complete Drainage study of the Fort Pond Brook area has 
been carried out. 

The following Subdivisions were approved during the year: 

Flagg Hill Estates, Section III, West Acton. Flagg Hill Estates 
Inc. 

Evergreen Heights, off Newtown Road, Acton Center. Herbert 
L. Estabrook. 

Brucewood Estates, Section III, J. F. Cahill Construction ( o. 

Meadowgreen, off School Street, South Acton, Merwin H. < raig. 

In addition to these approved subdivisions several more -ire in the 
preliminary stage at the present time. 

The wisdom of the towns hiring a town engineer has been ^on 
firmed many times during the past year. This has been especially true in 
the boards subdivision regulation. The value of his engineering ad\>> 



132 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

many subdivision problems during their consideration and inspection of 
the construction after approval, cannot be accurately measured in dollars 
but will be realized in the future maintenance costs of these new streets. 

In the interest of better town government, the Planning Board 
makes the following recommendations, that: 

1. The Town take positive steps toward the purchase of a suitable 
site for the consolidation of several departments now in need of 
adequate facilities. This would require a centrally located area 
to house the police department, the Highway department, and 
for the construction of additional Library facilities. 

2. The Town again consider the employment of an administrative 
assistant. 

3. The Town consider very seriously the recommendations of the 
comprehensive plan as they are presented for implementation at 
town meetings. 

4. An energetic drainage program be carried out in the Fort Pond 
Brook water shed to postpone as long as possible the need for a 
town sewer system. 

5. A traffic and parking study be made of the West Acton area 
with a view towards enhancing its value as the major mercantile 
center in the town. 

6. The Board of Health consider the advisability of hiring a 
Sanitary Engineer on a part time or full time basis as the need 
is indicated. The Town Engineer might be used in this capacity 
on the trial basis. 

7. The Building Inspector be put on a full time basis with addi- 
tional responsibilities such as Zoning By-Law, and Earth 
Removal By-Law enforcement. 

We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees and Departments 
of the Town for their co-operation during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN H. LORING, Chairman 
CHARLES JUDD FARLEY 
DAVID P. TINKER 
DONALD E. DONNELLY, Clerk 
WILLIAM M. VEAZEY 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 133 

REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my fifth annual report for the Police Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1961. This report includes all arrests 
and prosecutions, report on motor vehicle accidents, bicycle registrations, 
houses checked, parking violations, defective equipment tags, telephone 
calls received and other items. 

Arrests and Prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Allowing Improper person to operate a motor vehicle 1 

Assault 1 

Assault and Battery 4 

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer 1 

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 1 

Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon 1 

Carrying Firearm without a Permit 2 

Carrying Weapon in motor vehicle 1 

Dangerous Weapon in motor vehicle without a Permit 1 

Disturbing the Peace 2 

Drunk 24 

Failing to display Number Plates 1 

Failing to slow at Intersection 1 

Failing to stop for Police Officer 1 

False Alarm of Fire 1 

Fugitive from Justice 1 

Going away after Property Damage 2 

Impeded Operation 1 

Indecent Assault and Battery 2 

Larceny 4 

Law of the Road 4 

Malicious injury to Property 3 

No Inspection Sticker 5 

No License in Possession 11 

Non-Support 1 

No Registration in Possession 1 

Operating after revocation of license 5 

Operating after suspension of license 5 

Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 4 

Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle 3 

Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle 3 

Operating so as to Endanger 2S 

Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor IS 



134 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Operating without a License 2 

Operating without Mud Flaps 1 

Racing 1 

Red Light Violation 15 

School Bus Violation 

Speeding 146 

Spilling 1 

Stop Sign Violation 47 

Throwing Rubbish on Highway 

Traffic Sign Violation 1 

Unlawful Possession of Harmful Drugs 1 

Unnecessary Noise with Motor Vehicle 

Using Trailer without License 1 

Uttering Check without Funds 2 

Vagrancy 3 

Violation of Sanitation Code 1 

Delinquent Child — Assault and Battery with Dangerous 

Weapon 1 

Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering Nighttime 3 

Delinquent Child — False Alarm of Fire 2 

Delinquent Child — Furnishing Liquor to a Minor 1 

Delinquent Child — Larceny 1 

Delinquent Child — Lewd and Lascivious Speech and 

Behavior 2 

Delinquent Child — Neglected Child Petition 1 

Delinquent Child — Operating so as to Endanger 1 

Delinquent Child — Speeding 11 

Delinquent Child — Stubborn Child 1 



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Motor Vehicle Accident Report: I960 1961 

Total number of Accidents reported 151 139 

Total number of Accidents covered by the Department 91 126 

Number of occupants injured 39 52 

Number of occupants killed 2 

Number of pedestrians injured 4 

Bicyclists injured 2 3 

Bicyclists killed 

Motorcyclists killed 1 

Miscellaneous Statistics: 

Bicycles registered 204 

Complaints received and investigated 166 

Cruiser Ambulance trips to Acton Medical Center 9 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 135 

Cruiser Ambulance trips to Emerson Hospital 66 

Cruiser trips to Metropolitan State Hospital 1 

Defective Equipment tickets given 40 

Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of business .... 45 

Electric Wires down and reported to Edison 

Emergencies Answered 98 

Fire Alarms Answered 106 

Houses Checked 248 

Motorists assisted by Patrol 36 

Motor Vehicles checked by Night Patrol 167 

Nighttime Parking Tickets Given 72 

Parking Tickets Given 30 

Property check, Slips left at request of owners 3,547 

Prowlers reported 8 

Street Lights out, reported to Edison Company 86 

Summonses sent out for Service 154 

Summonses Served 227 

Telephone Calls — Incoming 3,392 

Telephone Calls — Outgoing 2,059 

Telephone Calls received re "No School" 84 

Times Resuscitator was used 14 

Total number of Arrests made 32 

Traffic Lights out and reported to Department of Public 

Works 19 

There were 606 Motor Vehicles checked by the Department of 
Traffic or Motor Vehicles violations for which operators received verbal 
warnings, summonses to appear in court or had the violation reported to 
the Registrar for action. 

Fatals 

It is gratifying to report no fatal accidents in 1961. 

Cruisers 

I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen that both cruisers 
be traded in 1962. 

Police Station 

I have also recommended to the Board that land be purchased or 
utilized from town property to erect a police station in 1962. 

At present we are operating in a 12x12 office. The law requires a 
lockup after 3,000 population. The law also requires a juvenile deten- 
tion room which is used when juveniles are arrested or picked up tot- 
questioning. It is also used when lost children arc awaiting their 



1J36 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

parents to pick them up. To sum it up a room used to separate the chil- 
dren from the hardened criminal who could be arrested at the same time 
a lost child is detained at the station. 

We arc also lacking an up to date firing range which I feel is 
essential to modern police work. The officer's gun is one of the tools of 
his trade. He should know how to use it in an expert manner for the 
protection of his own life and that of the people of the town which he 
has sworn to protect. It is a well known fact that in a gun battle the 
criminal usually has the advantage as he must fire the first shot. If the 
officer is fortunate not to be hit by the first shot and can handle his 
gun properly he may come out of it alive. There are many other 
advantages of having a station such as, Dark room for photography 
work, Interrogation room, a female cell which at present creates a 
problem as we have no facilities for detention of females. The State 
Police barracks at Concord can not take females. The nearest place I 
know is Framingham Police Station. A trip to Framingham would tie 
our cruiser up for two hours and this is a long time for a cruiser to be 
out of town. 

I, also, feel it is time that the citizens of Acton can come to the 
police station with their problems and talk with me or the officer on 
the desk in privacy. At present, a person who is being interviewed 
can be seen by several other departments of the town and by all other 
persons entering the Town Hall. This I believe is wrong. A police 
station should be apart from all other town functions for confidential 
reasons. 

In closing I would like to thank all the members of my department 
who worked with me in carrying out the duties of the police depart- 
ment during the year and to the Board of Selectmen and all others who 
assisted us in any way, I am grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR., 

Chief of Police. 



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REPORT OF 
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS STUDY COMMITTEE 

To THi-: Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

This is the first report of the Department of Public Works Study 
Committee. 

We have met with town committees, department heads, individual 
citizens officials of this town and officials of other towns in an attempt 
to determine if the formation of a Department of Public Works of Acton 
would be beneficial for the town. This problem is difficult, because, as 
has been pointed out to us on several occasions, no proposed organiza- 
tional plan will work any better than the people who will be working in 
it. The designs of organizations to provide towns with public work 
services are most varied in their scope and implementation. The selection 
by this town of the most desirable method of providing public works 
services can have long term affects. 

We have at present insufficient information to present any conclu- 
sions to you. We wish to continue our study and plan to present our 
conclusions as soon as prepared. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID L. MAY, Chairman 
WILLIAM CHIPMAN 
ARTHUR HANSEN 



REPORT OF RECREATION COMMISSION 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Recreation Commission continued its progress this year through 
the planned activity of its summer program; held at Jones Field, Goward 
Field and Gardner Field, not only in increased aggregate attendance, but 
through improvements of more equipment installed, which was voted at 
the annual Town Meeting. General maintenance improved, water 
installed and in West Acton a protective enclosure of chain link fence 
tor the safety of the children. 

The School Committee, to whom we are once again grateful, not 
only loaned the program equipment but afforded us the use of the 
gymnasium on rai.ny days allowing us a complete uninterrupted program. 



V38 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

The School Committee, also, authorized the Recreation Commission 
controlled use of the tennis courts as well as the playing fields. This 
year the Commission established organized scheduling of all fields 
(including school fields) for use to many groups. 

One of our members has been representative on the Conservation 
Commission this past year in order to have a closer liaison between the 
two Commissions. 

There has been a concerted effort made by both the Planning Board 
and Commission working together through the subdivision control law 
to promote park areas at strategic points. 

Federal aid in the form of personnel has been granted to the Acton 
area to test for suitable water recreational facilities, this is to be com- 
pleted this following year. 

The swimming program, under the able chairmanship of Mrs. John 
Ribiero, continued its usual success with approximately 450 in attendance. 

There have been two resignations this year due to personal pressures, 
Mrs. Stella French and Mrs. Patience MacPherson, these resignations 
were accepted with regret. 

We wish to thank the engineering department for the invaluable 
assistance received throughout the year. 

Our future plans involve purchasing our own playground equip- 
ment, an increase of staff for the playgrounds, and support by the 
townspeople for our articles presented at town meeting in order to 
continue the necessary and betterment of a much needed program. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PATIENCE H. MacPHERSON, 
FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER, 
ALLAN R. MURRAY, 
GLADYS K. MASON, 
WILLIAM J. PHILLIPS 



THE TOWN OF ACTON L39 

REPORT OF THE 
SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Town Hall 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report as Sealer of Weights and Measures tor 
the year ending December 31 . 1961: 

Total number of devices sealed 204 

Sealing fees collected $163.15 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE K. HAYWARD, 

Sealer of Weights and Measures. 



STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Street Light Committee wishes to make the following report: 

When the BOSTON EDISON CO. has installed all the lights that 
the town has ordered there will be a total of 433 lights in the town as 
against 364 when the committee started on the first of I960. 

We have suggested, and you have very readily acted to our sugges- 
tion so that today the committee is very proud to say that the Town ot 
Acton is well on its way to being a very well lighted town. 

Our suggested budget for 1962 is one that can be followed year 
after year in the future and will not change the tax structure if the simple 
increase is not allowed to exceed more than 3^c of the previous year's 
Street Light bill unless it is for the reason of lighting up some area that 
has become a mercantile development, then for that year would we 
recommend to go above the 3% ratio. 

We hope that the suggested plan now in effect between the Boston 
Edison Co., and the Town of Acton not to order any street lights after 
OCTOBER 1st and that the Boston Edison Co. shall not install any 
street light after December 1st shall continue to be in force in this way 
we will prevent a repetition of the past mistakes. 

The committee has set up a system by which any one can check the 
number of street lights in the town against any month's bill. 



140 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

A complete list of all street lights by size and location are now on 
record at the town hall and the street light committee. 

To you we extend our fullest appreciation for your co-operation of 
the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN F. NEVILLE, Chairman 
JOSEPH F. BUSHELL 
BYRD D. GOSS 



REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the Highway Department for the 
year 1961. 

Throughout the year the usual maintenance work of sweeping, 
scraping, and patching of roads was carried on. During the summer 
almost all of the roadsides were cut with the Farmall Cub which has 
been a great help to us. 

This year all the roads that were resurfaced required a great deal of 
preparation. The streets were widened considerably, swept, hot topped 
with the grader, rolled, swept again, and then sealed. At this point it 
should be mentioned that our present roller, a 1928 model which is old 
and slow, should be replaced in the near future. 

A portion of Main Street was hot topped as was a small portion of 
Hosmer Street. Hot topping the shoulders of roads is needed more and 
more, and in this respect it is hoped that more money can be made 
available for this purpose. 

This fall Hammond Street, Minot Avenue and Forest Road were 
shaped up for the winter with application of screened gravel. Two bad 
corners of ledge on Nagog Hill Road were removed and straightened. 
A sidewalk was rebuilt in front of the Town Hall. 

Chapter 90 maintenance consisting of oil and stone treatment was 
done on two sections of Main Street. Chapter 90 construction of Main 
Street was continued this year as far as Kelley Road, and in 1962 will 
be extended to Kelley' s Corner. 

The drainage problem is an endless one. A few of the troublesome 
spots were alleviated this past summer, the biggest one being the main 
trunk line on Main Street for the 1962 Chapter 90 construction. In 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 141_ 

addition, catch basins and manholes were installed at the intersection of 
Central Street and Mohawk Drive, Willow Street and Marian Road. 
Summer and Willow Streets, as well as Littleneld, Hayward and Nashoba 
Roads, and two locations on Piper Road. 

Early in the summer the playground in West Acton was loamed 
and seeded. Next year more work is planned for this playground. 
Jones' Field was filled, leveled, and seeded in the outfield. The mowing 
of the Town grounds and ball fields was carried on with the help of the 
two new power mowers which worked out well. 

A new International truck was purchased this year. It was not 
received until late in the year, but we anticipate that it will serve us well. 

The Town Dump was placed under the jurisdiction of the Highway 
Department as of April 1st. A great deal of tree removal has been done. 
A new roadway has been bulldozed down to the foot of the dump and a 
new entrance added. A large amount of fill has been acquired since the 
removal of the trees, and this fill can now be used for the leveling of the 
dump. Arthur Conquest, the Custodian, has done a good job keeping 
the area clean. 

I wish to thank the Highway Department personnel for their full 
cooperation in the past year. Also, I would like to express my sincere 
thanks to the Board of Selectmen and all Departments for their coopera- 
tion for which I am most grateful. 

Respectfully submitted. 

ALLEN NELSON, 

Superintendent of Streets. 

REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

We herewith submit our report for the year 1961. Clearing of 
underbrush along the fire lanes, established in 1955. was done in the 
Texas lot this year. 

Boy Scout groups are now using both Town Forest areas for 
camping and other wood craft activities. 

The annual meeting of the Town Forest Association held in Groton 
this year was attended by the committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 
EMERY NELSON. 
ARNO H. PERKINS. 
Town I 



142 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 

REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. Our tree planting 
program was started in April this year. 72 Shade trees were planted 
adjacent to public streets. A good growing season with regular rainfall 
insured nearly 100% survival this year. 

Low hanging branches were removed on several miles of town 
ways. The use of a power pruner has greatly increased the efficiency of 
this work over hand pruning done formerly. 

Tree branches interfering with street lights were removed on many 
streets. 

A number of weak and diseased trees were removed. The stumps 
were removed below ground where considered hazardous. 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, 

Tree Warden. 



REPORT OF VETERANS' AGENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. Again this has been 
a very busy year with pensions and hospitalization a big factor. The case 
load for Veterans' Benefits is down substantially from last year which is 
gratifying but the costs have been high, mainly for hospitalization. 

Should the townspeople have any questions regarding Veterans' 
affairs I would like to remind them that I am at the Town Hall on 
Tuesday evenings for that purpose. 



Respectfully submitted, 



IAN M. MOTT, 
Veterans' Agent and 
Director of Veterans' Services. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 143 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

Submitted herewith is the report of the BOARD OF PUBLIC WEL- 
FARE for the year 1961: 

Old Age Assistance: We have aided 47 cases under this category. 
3 new applications were approved during the year. 

Medical Assistance for the Aged: 19 cases aided — 10 new appli- 
cations were processed of which 7 were approved. 

Aid to Dependent Children: 18 children from 7 families have 
been aided during 1961. 

Disability Assistance and General Relief: 12 cases have received 
assistance either on a temporary or sustaining basis under this double 
heading. 

The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure for the year 
1961 and estimated expenditures for 1962: 

Old Age Assistance 

Amount paid to Acton residents $47,475.92 

Amount paid to Acton residents in other com- 
munities 2,102.45 

$49,578.37 

Federal share $25,079.90 

State share 16,963.81 

Receipts from other towns 530.00 

$42,573.71 

Net cost to Acton $7,004.66 

Medical Assistance for the Aged 

$25,633.36 

Federal share $12,764.85 

State share 9,238.20 

$22,003.05 

Net cost to Acton $3,630 *1 



144 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Amount paid to Acton families $6,094.02 

Federal share $5,186.50 

State share 1,944.80 

$7,131.30 

Net Credit to Acton $1,037.28 

Disability Assistance and General Relief 

Amount paid to Acton cases from D.A $8,922.21 

Amount paid to Acton cases from G.R 2,712.94 

$11,635.15 

Federal share of D.A $1,771.80 

State share of D.A 4,667.39 

Recovery on G.R 158.50 

$6,597.69 

Net cost to Acton $5,037.46 

NASHOBA WELFARE DISTRICT ADMIN- 
ISTRATION 1961 — Acton Share $2,400.00 

Estimated Expenditure for 1962 

ADMINISTRATION $1,800.00 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE $55,000.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAYMOND A. GALLANT 
LOSSIE E. LAIRD 
CLINTON S. CURTIS 



REPORT OF 
WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

For the year ending December 31, 1961 the one case requiring 
hospitalization, with loss of time in i960 carried over into 1961 with a 
loss of considerable time and several thousand dollars medical expense, 
has been settled satisfactory to all concerned. 

During the year there were ten additional accidents reported, all 
requiring medical attention, only two of which lost any time from work, 
and all have been settled satisfactorily. 

Respectfully submitted, 

THERON A. LOWDEN, 

Compensation Agent. 



SECTION E 



Accountant 145 

Assessors 1 64 

Collector 165 

State Auditor's Report 170 

Treasurer 182 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 



REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a summary 
of the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance Sheet of 
the Town on December 31, 1961. 

The 1962 appropriation for amortization of the bonded indebtedness 
of the Town will include the final amount for the West Acton Fire House. 
The complete amortization requirements are as follows: 

South Acton Fire House $12,000.00 

West Acton Fire House 12,000.00 

Julia McCarthy Elementary School 15,000.00 

New Elementary School 45,000.00 

Regional School District 42,370.00 

$126,370.00 

The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the School 
Cafeteria have been verified, and I have reviewed the various trust funds 
in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DONALD O. NYLANDER, 

Town Accountant. 



146 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

BALANCE SHEET 

ASSETS 

Cash: 

General Funds $459,051.51 

Petty Cash Funds 70.00 $459,121.51 

Accounts Receivable: 

Taxes: 

Levy of 1956 

Real Estate $6.80 

Personal Property 172.00 178.80 

Levy of 1957 

Real Estate $154.80 

Personal Property 288.00 442.80 

Levy of 1958 

Real Estate $232.50 

Poll 6.00 

Personal Property 1,045.20 1,283.25 

Levy of 1959 

Real Estate $1,534.38 

Poll 12.00 

Personal Property 1,005.00 2.551.38 

Levy of I960 

Real Estate $13,661.13 

Poll 78.00 

Personal Property 1,093.90 14,833.03 

Levy of 1961 

Real Estate $40,136.11 

Poll 260.00 

Personal Property 2,880.40 43,276.51 62,565.77 

Motor Vehicle Excise: 

Levy of 1958 $225.94 

Levy of 1959 432.07 

Levy of I960 3,908.86 

Levy of 1961 21,575.62 26,142.49 

Tax Titles $234.83 

Tax Possessions 367.73 602.56 



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147 



December 31, 1961 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Employees' Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes 

State Taxes 

Massachusetts Hospital-Medical Service 

Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System 

Middlesex County Retirement System 

Group Life Insurance 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals 

Planning Board 

Contracts 

Unclaimed Checks 

Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances Unexpended: 
Cemetery — 

Perpetual Care 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 

Luke Blanchard 

J. Roland Wetherbee 

Georgia Whitney 

Hoit and Scott 

Henry S. Raymond 

Frank Knowlton 

Robert I. Davis 

Sarah A. Watson 

Carrie F. Wells 

George T. Ames 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 

A. B. Conant 

Library — 

Wilde Memorial 

Federal Grants: 

Welfare Administration 

Old Age Assistance 

Medical Aid 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Disability Assistance 

Public Law 815 — School 

Public Law 874 — School 

State Reimbursement — Veterans' Aid 



$7,076.60 

1.894.66 

494.51 

24.75 

882.08 

2.7 2 



$38.24 

98.75 

250.00 



$302.30 

370.22 

3.50 

5. OS 
66.26 
16.81 
37.59 
21.56 
35.95 
33.51 
24.35 
19.71 
25.00 
L7.35 



43.70 



$10,375.3: 



386.99 

279.76 





1,022.89 


$460.90 




50,963.99 




5,529.12 




l 1,967.79 




■^8.05 




SI 9.68 




25,136.44 






J 5 97 







148 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Departmental : 

Planning Board 

School 

Old Age Assistance 

Aid to Dependent Children .... 

Cemetery 

Highway 

Fire 

Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 



$50.00 




222.12 




197.19 




692.12 




347.00 




891.64 




171.75 


2.571.82 


23,890.20 




6,141.86 


30.032.06 



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149 



Revolving Fund — School Department: 

Cafeterias 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances: 

Archives Committee $1,000.46 

Conservation Commission 200.00 

Title VII, Housing Act of 1954 2,400.00 

Article 23, Registry of Deeds Records 225.15 

Article 11, Office Furniture 60.54 

Article 28, Town Hall Clock 750.00 

Article 4, (i960) Town Hall Heating System .... 81.84 

Article 44, Alarm Extension, Robbins Park 2,900.00 

Article 45, Alarm Extension, Ethan Allen Drive .. 400.00 
Article 46, Alarm Extension, Oakwood and Pine- 
wood Roads 600.00 

Building Committee — South Fire Station 2,680.79 

South Fire Station — Construction 17,842.26 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Article 29, Town Dump Addition 1,000.00 

Chapter 90, Construction 11,097.89 

Article 29, Martin Street, Culvert and Bridge 2,500.00 

Article 39, Main Street Sidewalk 2,862.75 

New Elementary School, Construction 729.33 

Julia McCarthy School Addition, Construction .... 65,000.00 

Julia McCarthy School Addition, Architect 3,543.50 

Article 15, Library Painting 50.00 

Article 16, Library Furniture 73.84 

Mount Hope Clearing and Grading 2,000.00 

Mount Hope Oiling 294.02 

Article 31, (i960) Cemeteries Layout 200.00 

Article 9, Drainage Survey 3,700.00 

Civil Defense, Gonset Rigs 625.00 

Civil Defense, Power Unit 300.00 

Cemetery Land Fund 

Road Machinery Fund 

County Dog License Fees 

Court Judgment 

Over-estimates, 1961 Assessments: 

Middlesex County Tax $1,212.03 

State Parks 267.76 

Revenue reserved until collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $26,142.49 

Tax Titles and Possessions 602.56 

Departmental 2,142 SS 

State and County Aid to Highways (0,032.06 



5,730.85 



$123,617.37 

5,080.3"> 

19.180.61 

60. 2 -S 

1,250.00 



1. 179.79 



58,919.50 



150 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



$581,036.21 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Street Assessments not due $3,503.71 



LOAN AUTHORIZED 

Julia McCarthy Addition $60,000.00 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt $887,000.00 



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151 



Overlays reserved for abatements 

Levy of 1956 

Levy of 1957 

Levy of 1958 

Levy of 1959 

Levy of I960 

Levy of 1961 

Overlay Surplus — Reserve Fund 

Reserve for Petty Cash Funds 

Surplus Revenue 



M 78.80 

442.80 

1,283.25 

2,551.38 

14,242.61 

12,571.64 






31.270.48 

13.248.70 

70.00 

S229.997.95 


$581,036.21 



DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue, due 1962 to 
1966, inclusive 



S3. 503. 7 I 



LOAN AUTHORIZED — UNISSUED 
Julia McCarthy School Addition 



S60.000.00 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — New S180.000.00 

Elementary School — Julia McCarthy 45.000.00 

South Fire House 60.000.00 

West Fire House 12.000.00 

Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School — New S-l80.000.00 

Elementary School — Julia McCarthy 110,000.00 



S29-.000.00 



S^n.000.00 



$887.000.0d 



152 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In custody of Town Treasurer $366,317.81 

In custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$369,783.35 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 153_ 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In custody of Town Treasurer: 

Charity Funds — 

Elizabeth M. White $27,053.04 

Georgia E. Whitney 14,608.63 

Betsy M. Ball 14,236.00 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial 10,632.04 

Cemetery Funds — 

Henry S. Raymond — Monument 1,073-91 

Henry S. Raymond — Care 2,459-23 

Hoit and Scott 669-86 

J. Roland Wetherbee 12,614.84 

Perpetual Care 104,466.37 

Luke Blanchard 2,504.02 

Frank C. Hayward 1,444.52 

Georgia E. Whitney 1,799.77 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 97,122.28 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1.086.56 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,130.28 

George T. Ames 481.02 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 389.21 

Sarah A. Watson 2,715.11 

Carrie F. Wells 3,243.59 

A. B. Conant Family 1.035.06 

Library and Educational Funds — 

Acton High School Library 4,573.76 

Wilde Memorial 31,560.43 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 15,948.05 

Firemen's Relief Funds — 

Acton 10,262.55 

West Acton 1.049-13 

Stabilization Fund 2,158.55 



S366.317.81 



In custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 



$369,783.35 



254 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS 

January 1, 1961 to December 31, 1961 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Moderator 

Finance Committee 

Selectmen: 

Salaries 

Expense 

R 

Town Office — 

Clerical Pool — Wages 

Legal Services — 

Board of Selectmen 

Town Accountant: 

Salary 

Expense 

Treasurer: 

Salary 

Expense 

Town Collector: 

Salary 

Expense 

Assessors: 

Salaries 

Expense 

Town Clerk: 

Salary 

Expense 

Elections and Registrations: 

Salaries and Wages 

Expense 

R 

Planning Board: 

Expense 

Guarantee Deposits B 

C 

Board of Appeals: 

Expense 

Guarantee Deposits B 

C 



Appropriated 

or 

Available 


Disbursed 


Balance 


$75.00 


$60.00 


$15.00 


125.00 


32.95 


92.05 


1,200.00 

1,275.00 
375.00 


1,200.00 
1.646.30 


3.70 


14.135.00 


13,822.92 


312.08 


2,000.00 


650.00 


1,350.00 


1,855.00 
225.00 


1,855.00 
224.65 


.35 


3,090.00 
700.00 


3,090.00 
540.20 


159.80 


2,475.00 
1,025.00 


2,475.00 
1,025.00 


— 


5,155.00 
500.00 


5.151.00 
499.44 


4.00 
.56 


1,545.00 
450.00 


1,545.00 

448.71 


1.29 


2.300.00 
560.00 
219.49 


1,914.15 
779.49 


385.85 


1,500.00 
50.73 A 
125.00 


1.210.99 
50.73 
26.25 


289.01 
98.75 


50.00 

7.26 A 
96.00 


11.80 

7.26 

57.76 


38.20 
38.24 



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Archives Committee- Expense 150.00 14.00 106.00 

Engineering Department: 

Salaries and Wages 11.800.00 11,053.20 746.80 

Expense 1,850.00 1,786.08 63-92 

A 57.99 

Total General Government $54,913.48 $51,149.89 $3,705.60 



BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 

Maintenance: 

Salaries and Wages 54,515.00 S3,865.76 $649.24 

Expense 5,210.00 4,985.32 224.68 

Total Buildings and Grounds S9.725.00 S8.851.08 $873-92 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police: 

Salaries and Wages S50.150.00 S49.153.56 $996.44 

Expense 6.955.00 6.764.12 190.88 

Cruisers (I960) B 4.100.00 3.972.55 127.45 

Fire: 

Salaries and Wages 15,560.00 — 

R 165.00 15,722.r 2.53 

Expense 10.325.00 10,302.35 22.65 

I : ire Alarm System: 

Salaries and Wages 6,010.00 5,991.39 18.61 

Expense 2,850.00 2,833.39 16.61 

Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 12.600.00 — 

Article 42 — 

Water Extension to Dump 200.00 107.50 92.50 

West Fire House — 

Construction B 733.06 733.06 

Sealer of Weights and Measures: 

Salary and Travel 360.00 360. 00 

Expense 50.00 25.82 24.18 

Moth Department: 

Wages 080.00 ^.11-4.96 165.0} 

Expense 1.^00.00 1,597.05 102.95 

Town Eorest Maintenance 100.00 76.00 M00 

Shade Tree Replacement i25.00 (22.70 2.30 

Tree Warden: 

Wages 2,885.00 2.701.^ 

Expense 1.100.00 — — 

R 1.49 1.101.19 









156 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Wire Inspector: 

Salary and Travel 2,000.00 1,949.00 51.00 

Expense 100.00 — 100.00 

Building Inspector: 

Salary and Travel 4,300.00 4,099.00 201.00 

Expense 150.00 92.50 57.50 

Dog Officer: 

Wages and Travel 515.00 505.00 10.00 

Building Committee 50.00 26.95 23.05 

Civil Defense 285.00 281.33 3.67 

Total Protection of Persons and Property $127,249.55 $124,533.57 $2,715.98 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Health: 

Salaries: 

Board S275.00 S275.00 $ — 

Secretary 3,190.00 3.187.60 2.40 

Town Nurse 4,180.00 4,177.68 2.32 

Assistant Nurse 660.00 428.49 231.51 

Agent and Assistant Agent 4.520.00 4.267.25 252.75 

Dump Custodian 858.00 832.00 26.00 

Assistant Dump Custodian 354.00 288.00 66.00 

Expense: 

Board 1,875.00 1,379.47 495.53 

Town Nurse 1,210.00 1,210.00 — 

Medical Supplies 250.00 212.50 37.50 

Laboratory Fees 500.00 500.00 — 

Hospitals and Sanitoriums 1,500.00 1,500.00 — 

School Clinics 1,000.00 847.62 152.38 

Garbage 11,135.00 11,135.00 — 

Inspector of Animals: 

Salary 150.00 150.00 — 

Expense 30.00 13-20 16.80 

Plumbing Inspectors 2,400.00 2,083.50 316.50 

Mosquito Control 4,500.00 2,654.00 1,846.00 

Total Health and Sanitation $38,587.00 $35,141.31 $3,445.69 

HIGHWAYS 

Village Highways $5,630.00 $5,322.51 $307.49 

Drainage 12,0.00.00 11.789.39 210.61 

Chapter 81 Highways 12,400.00 — — 

G 17,875.00 29,911.60 363-40 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 157 



Chapter 90 Highways — 

Maintenance 2,000.00 — — 

G 3,000.00 5,000.00 — 

Snow Removal 26,000.00 — — 

R 5,654.69 31,654.69 — 

Traffic Signs and Lines 1,750.00 1,731.95 18.05 

Vacations and Holidays 2,055.00 — — 

R 38.54 2.093.54 

Sidewalk Maintenance 500.00 270.26 229.74 

Highway Machinery Maintenance 6,500.00 

R 1,325.00 7.782.50 42.50 

Street Lighting 14.750.00 13.755.09 994.91 

Chapter 90 Highways — 

Construction B 13,011.00 

5,950.00 

G 17,850.00 25,713.11 11.097.89 
Article 39 — Sidewalk — 

Main Street 7.500.00 4,637.25 2.862.75 

Article 31 — Speed Limit Signs 450.00 449-60 .40 

Town Dump 4,758.00 

R 367.64 4,806.94 318.70 

Total Highways $161,364.87 $144,918.43 $16,446.44 



CHARITIES 

Welfare District Administration and 

Welfare Board Salaries 52,675.00 $2,675.00 $ 

Public Assistance 65.000.00 64.596.58 403.42 

General Relief and Disability Assistance B 166.44 

G 1.724.26 1.132.65 758.05 

Old Age Assistance B 21,901.56 

G 21.259.60 

L 2.739.39 14.936.56 30,96399 

Aid to Dependent Children B 13,435.25 

G 4.955.84 3,423-30 14,967.79 

Medical Aid G 14,264.23 8.735.11 5.529-12 

Total Charities $148,121.57 $95,499.20 $52,622.37 

VETERANS' AID 

Veterans' Benefits: 

Aid $12,500.00 $10,674.35 $1,825.65 

Agent's Salary 600.00 600.00 

Agent's Expense 250.00 242.98 7.02 



158 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Veterans' Services: 

Salary 600.00 600.00 — 

Expense 25.00 23.00 2.00 

Total Veterans' Aid $13,975.00 $12,140.33 $1,834.67 

RECREATION 

Wages $1,200.00 $1,067.20 S132.80 

Expenses 1,000.00 467.19 532.81 

Water Safety Program 600.00 600.00 

Article 19 — SeeSaws 800.00 655.65 144.35 

Article 20 — Relocate Playground Fence 290.00 182.50 107.50 

Total Recreation $3,890.00 $2,972.54 S917.46 

EDUCATION 

Instruction 

Local $261,941.00 $261,941.00 S — 

Regional 212,168.98 212,168.98 

Textbooks and Supplies 

Local 14,646.00 13,339-49 1.306.51 

Regional 14.986.00 14,986.00 

Plant Operation 

Local 33,325.00 33,294.33 30.67 

Regional 24.757.28 24,757.28 — 

Blanchard Auditorium 

Local 8,400.00 8,400.00 

Regional 4,807.56 4.807.56 

Maintenance 

Local 3,116.00 3,085.53 30.47 

Regional 1.412.22 1,412.22 — 

Auxiliary Agencies 

Local 28,400.00 28.197.88 202.12 

Regional 8,739.15 8,739.15 

General Control 

Local 9,400.00 9,062.50 337.50 

Regional 9.763.45 9,763.45 

Outlay 

Local 1.497.00 684.53 812.47 

Regional 1.393.04 1.393.0 1 — 

Contingency Fund 

Local 500.00 470.92 29. OS 

Regional 174.36 174.36 

Other Regional 

Transportation 8,184.25 8,184.25 — 

Athletic Fund 3.333.70 3,333.70 



THE TOWN OP ACTON 159 

Cafeteria B 4,876.89 

C 50,431.62 49,577.66 5,730.85 

Vocational Tuition and Transportation .. 3.500.00 3.452.07 47.93 

Elementary School — 

Construction B 47.766.35 7,062.15 

S 39.974.8^ 729-33 

School Maintenance — 

Federal P. L. 815 B 1.921.30 

G 9,472.16 10.573.78 819.68 

School Maintenance — 

Federal P. L. 874 B 23,277.32 

G 13.684.98 11.825.86 25.136. 44 

Julia McCarthy School Addition — 

Architect S 10,000.00 6,456.50 3,543.50 

Construction S 65.000.00 — 65,000.00 

S 39,974.87 
Total Education S880.875.6l S737.l44.19 $103,756.55 

LIBRARIES 

Salaries and Wages 36,045.00 S5.889-3-J S155.66 

Expense 1.700.00 1.575.68 124.32 

Books B 202.81 

1,200.00 

T 2,114.17 3.-173.28 

Total Libraries SI 1.261.98 $10,938.30 $323.68 

CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages S15.500.00 $14,405.30 $1,094.70 

Expense 2.650.00 2,591.46 58.54 

Funds: 

Perpetual Care B S248.ll 

T 1.500.00 $1,445.81 $302.30 

Hosmer B 139.43 

T 2. 000. 00 1,769.21 570.22 

Blanchard B 3.50 

T 30.00 >0.00 >.50 

Wetherbee B J" 7 . 59 

T 125.00 1 17.51 

Raymond B 25.00 

T 75.00 62.41 57.59 

Whitney B 10.02 

T 100.00 13.76 66.26 



160 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 

Knowlton B 10.56 

T 25.00 14.00 21.56 

Davis B 18.16 

T 50.00 32.21 35.95 

Watson B 13.25 

T 55.00 34.74 33-51 

Wells B 25.69 

T 25.00 26.34 24.35 

Conant T 25.00 7.65 17.35 

Ames B .38 

T 25.00 5.67 19.71 

Hoit and Scott T 25.00 8.19 16.81 

O'Neill T 28.00 3.00 25.00 

Total Cemeteries $22,759.69 $20,627.26 $2,132.43 

OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES 

Town Reports $2,700.00 $2,670.86 $29.14 

Workmen's Compensation 4.000.00 3,848.71 151.29 

Surety Bonds 700.00 547.35 152.65 

Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 3,722.38 3,722.38 

Boiler and Machinery Insurance 800.00 769.39 30.61 

Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance 2,500.00 

R 141.24 2,641.24 — 

Memorial Day 800.00 777.50 22.50 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 462.98 537.02 

Total Other Classified Expenses $16,363.62 $15,440.41 $923.21 

PENSIONS 

Pension Fund $8,036.90 S8,036.90 S — 

Pension Fund Expense 326.00 326.00 — 

Military Service Fund 13.86 13.86 — 

Total Pensions $8,376.76 $8,376.76 $ — 

AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS 

McCarthy Elementary School: 

Debt $15,000.00 $15,000.00 $ — 

Interest 3.400.00 3,400.00 — 

New Elementary School: 

Debt 45,000.00 45,000.00 — 

Interest 25,380.00 25,380.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON W 

Regional School: 

Debt 37,620.00 37,620.00 

Interest (0,123.25 40,123.25 

West Fire House: 

Debt 

Interest 



Anticipation of Revenue Notes: 
Interest 



Miscellaneous Interest 1,200.00 — 1.200.00 



12.000.00 


12.000.00 


"92.00 


792.00 


325.00 




55.91 


380.91 


1,200.00 


— 



Total Amortization of Debt and Interest 

Requirements S180.896.l6 S179.696.16 SI. 200.00 

SPECIAL ARTICLES 

Article 4 (1960) Town Hall Heating 

System SI. 800. 00 SI. 718. 16 $81.84 

Article 12 (I960) Fire Alarm Extension 

B 1,342.00 1,293.40 (8.60 

Article 1-4 (1960) Fire Alarm Num- 
bering System B 354.52 554.40 .12 

Article 15 (I960) Building Committee 

— South Fire Station 2,791.00 110.21 2.680.-9 

Article 2 (STM 12-12-60) Front End 

Loader — Highway Department B 500.00 500.00 

Article 3 (STM 12-12-60) Radio— High- 



way 
Article 


Department Truck 




B 


5 38.00 


5 38.00 





5 — Stabilization Fund 






-.000.00 


-.000.00 


— 


Article 


6 — Fire Truck 






18.000.00 


1 -.985.00 


15.00 


Article 


- — Fire Chief Car .... 






1.800.00 


1.799. HI 


.19 


Article 


9 — Drainage Study .... 






3.700.00 


— 


5,700.00 


Article 


1 1 — Office Furniture 






200.00 


l 59.46 


60.54 


Article 


12 — Office Equipment 






300.00 


255.08 


(4.92 


Article 


1 3 — Personnel By-Law 


Study .... 


1.000.00 


1.000.00 


— 


Article 14 — Civil Defense — 
— Transmitter 


R, 


^ceiver 


595.00 


595.00 




Article 


15 — Painting Library 
16 — Library Furniture 
17 — South Fire Static 






150.00 


100.00 


50.00 


Article 






950 00 


B76 16 


73.84 


Article 


>n - 


— Con- 


10. 000. 00 
60.000.00 


82.157.7 i 










D 


• 



262 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Article 23 — Records — Registry of 

Deeds : 2,000.00 1,774.85 225.15 

Article 25 — Check Protector — Treasurer 310.00 272.50 37.50 

Article 26 — Hand Power Mowers 200.00 200.00 — 

Article 28 — Town Hall Clock 750.00 — 750.00 

Article 29 — Martin Street — Culvert 

and Bridge 2,500.00 — 2,500.00 

Article 32 — Highway Dept. Truck 5.840.00 5,840.00 — 

Article 36 — Industrial Development 

Commission 500.00 222.95 277.05 

Article 44 — Fire Alarm Extension — 

Robbins Park 2,900.00 — 2,900.00 

Article 45 — Fire Alarm Extension — 

Ethan Allen Drive 400.00 — 400.00 

Article 46 — Fire Alarm Extension — 

Oakwood and Pinewood Roads 600.00 — 600.00 

Article 2 (STM 7-17-61) Air Compres- 
sor—West Station 750.00 737.55 12.45 

Group Insurance and Blue Cross E 5,000.00 1,727.64 3,272.36 

Total Special Articles Not Classified $165,870.52 $130,297.91 S35.572.6l 

A 57.99 

S 39,974.87 

Total of All Departmental Items $1,844,230.81 Si, 577. 727. 34 $226,470.61 

AGENCY AND TRUST 

Agency : 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts .... $1,046.65 

State Parks and Reservations 3,300.63 

Middlesex County Tax 18,781.06 

Middlesex County Hospital Assessment 4,350.06 

Middlesex County Dog Licenses 2,084.50 

Federal Withholding Taxes 65,373.70 

State Withholding Taxes 6,335.04 

Massachusetts Hospital Service 6,709.68 

Middlesex County Retirement Associa- 
tion 10,056.86 

Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement 

Fund 13,102.44 

Acton Teachers' Insurance 701.50 

Acton Employee Life Insurance 236.64 

Trust: 

Charity 1,400.00 

Cemeteries 2.900.00 

Firemen's Relief Fund 290.00 

Trust Fund Income 12,297.91 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Refunds: 

Taxes 

Board of Health 

Unclaimed Checks 

Guarantee Deposits 

Anticipation of Revenue Note 

South Fire House Note Issue Expense .... 

Bond Forfeiture — Construction Develop- 
ment Corn 

Total Agency and Trust 

Grand Total of all Cash Disbursements 

Treasurer's Report — Paid Selectmen's 
Orders for 1961 

Less — Checks Canceled 

Net Pavments. as above 



163 



12.9" 

45.00 

8.00 

900.00 

75,000.00 

] 59.80 



1,500.00 

$239,553.94 

$1,817,281.28 

$1. 817.604. 53 
323.25 

$1,817,281.28 



KEY TO ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS 

A — Audit adjustments 
B — Balance from previous year 
C — Cash receipts 
D — Debt Increase 

E — Employee Fringe Benefits — Certification under Section 3 of Chapter 52B 
G — ■ Grants from Federal, State and County funds 
I — Inter-department service transfers 
L — Lien Recoveries from Welfare cases 
R — Reserve Fund transfers 

S — Transfer authorized at December 18. 1961 Special Town Meeting 
T — Trust Fund transfers 



164 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

ASSESSORS REPORT— 1961 

Taxes Assessed as follows: 

Building, execlusive of land $10,820,885.00 

Land 1,260,575.00 

Personal 829,455.00 

Total Valuation $12,910,915.00 

Valuation — January 1, I960 511,542,975.00 

Increase in Valuation 1,367,940.00 

Rate of Taxation — $76.00 per $1,000 

Real Estate $918,190.96 

Personal Estate 63,038.58 

Polls 4,182.00 

Total Taxes Assessed $985,411.54 

Amount of Money Raised: 

State Parks and Reservations $4,108.71 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 1,046.65 

County Tax 22,190.46 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assessment 4,350.06 

Town Grant 921,512.82 

Overlay 32,202.84 

$985,411.54 
Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Number of Vehicles Assessed — 4,128 
Commissioner's Value of Motor 

Vehicles and Trailers $2,526,820.00 

Rate of Excise — $66.00 

Total Excise 160,544.81 

Added Excise of I960 32,603.71 

Number of Vehicles Added Excise — 1,136 

Value of Vehicles Added Excise .. $1,021,860.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
CARL FLINT, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 

Board of Assessors. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 165 

TOWN COLLECTORS REPORT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. 

Personal Property Taxes — 1956 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 S272.00 

Payments to Treasurer $100.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 172.00 



S272.00 



Real Estate Taxes — 1956 



Outstanding January 1, 1961 S6.80 

Transferred to Tax Titles S6.80 

Personal Property Taxes — 1957 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 S324.00 

Payments to Treasurer $36.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 288.00 



$324.00 



Real Estate Taxes— 1957 



Outstanding January 1, 1961 SIJ.js.SJ 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 SI, 588. 42 

Transferred to Tax Titles 1961 154.80 



$1,743.22 



Poll Taxes— 1958 



Outstanding January 1, 1961 $6.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 $6.00 

Personal Property Taxes — 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1 96 1 $1,099-80 

Payments to Treasurer $5 L60 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,045.20 

$1,099.80 



166 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Real Estate Taxes — 1958 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $3,724.47 

Payments to Treasurer $3,461.22 

Abatements 31.20 

Transferred to Tax Titles 212. 55 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 19.50 

$3,724.47 

Poll Taxes — 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $16.00 

Payments to Treasurer $2.00 

Abatements 4.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 10.00 

$16.00 

Personal Property Taxes — 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $1,027.50 

Payments to Treasurer $22.50 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,005.00 

$1,027.50 

Real Estate Taxes — 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $11,591.33 

Refunds 375.00 

$11,966.33 

Payments to Treasurer $10,401.95 

Abatements 30.00 

Transferred to Tax Titles 204.38 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,330.00 

$11,966.33 



Poll Taxes — I960 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $228.00 

Refunds 4.00 

$232.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 167 

Payments to Treasurer $144.00 

Abatements 42.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 46.00 

$232.00 

Personal Property Taxes — I960 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $2,319.40 

Payments to Treasurer SI, 225. 50 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,093.90 

S2, 319.40 

Real Estate Taxes — I960 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $36,665.71 

Refunds 152.00 

$36,817.71 

Payments to Treasurer $23, 004.58 

Abatements 152.00 

Transferred to Tax Titles 207.10 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 13,454.03 

$36,817.71 

Poll Taxes— 1961 

Commitment, per warrant $4,182.00 

Refunds 10.00 

$4,192.00 

Payments to Treasurer $3,506.00 

Abatements 1 26.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 260.00 

$4,192.00 

Personal Property Taxes — 1961 

Commitment, per warrant $63,038.58 

Payments to Treasurer S59.9S7.1S 

Abatements L71.00 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 2,880.40 

$63,038.58 



168 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Real Estate Taxes — 1961 

Commitment, per warrant $918,282.16 

Refunds 4,620.80 

$922,902.96 

Payments to Treasurer $863,732.65 

Abatements 19,034.20 

Transferred to Tax Titles 207.10 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 39,929.01 



$922,902.96 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1958 



Outstanding January 1, 1961 $274.14 

Payments to Treasurer $12.05 

Abatements 36.15 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 225.94 

$274.14 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1959 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $1,124.77 

Refunds 2.81 

$1,127.58 

Payments to Treasurer $409.32 

Abatements 286.19 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 432.07 

$1,127.58 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — I960 

Ontstanding January 1, 1961 $24,461.10 

Commitment, per warrants 32,603.71 

Refunds 3,123.81 

$60,188.62 

Payments to Treasurer $50,449.07 

Abatements 6,494.03 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 3,245.52 

$60,188.62 



THE TOWN OF ACTON ]b9 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1961 

Commitment, per warrants $160,544.81 

Refunds 4,686.05 

Overpayments to be Refunded 177.92 

$165,408.78 

Payments to Treasurer $133,892.79 

Abatements 9,762.45 

Outstanding December 31, 1961 21,753.54 



S165.408.78 



Farm Animal Excise — 1961 



Commitment 1961, per warrant $200.12 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 $200.12 

Street Assessments Added to Taxes — 1957 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $58.52 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 S58.52 

Street Assessments Added to Taxes — 1961 

Commitment 1961, per warrant S700.84 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 $700.84 

Committed Interest — 1957 

Outstanding January 1, 1961 $26.08 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 S26.08 

Committed Interest — 1961 

Commitment 1961, per warrant S168.19 

Payments to Treasurer 1961 $168.19 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR. 

Town Collector. 



V70 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT 

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

Bureau of Accounts 

State House, Boston 33 

March 10, 1961 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Mr. Charles D. MacPherson, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and accounts 
of the town of Acton for the fiscal year I960, made in accordance with 
the provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the form of a 
report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, Assistant Director of 
Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

HERMAN B. DINE, 

Director of Accounts. 



HBD:MDG 



Mr. Herman B. Dine 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 

Sir: 

In accordance with your instructions, I have made an audit of the 
books and accounts of the town of Acton for the fiscal year I960, and 
report thereon as follows: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the several 
departments receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing 
bills for collection, were examined, checked, and compared with the 
records of the town accountant and the town treasurer. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 171 

The books and accounts of the town accountant were examined and 
checked in detail. The recorded receipts were compared with the 
treasurer's books and with the records in the several departments collect- 
ing money for the town, while the recorded disbursements were checked 
with the treasury warrants and with the payments as shown by the 
treasurer's books. The appropriations were checked with the town 
clerk's records of town meeting votes, while the transfers from the reserve- 
fund were checked with the financial committee's authorizations. 

The general and appropriation ledger accounts were analyzed, a 
trial balance was taken off, and a balance sheet, showing the financial 
condition of the town on December 31, I960, was prepared and is 
appended to this report. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and 
checked. The recorded receipts were analyzed and compared with the 
town accountant's books, with the records in the several departments 
collecting money for the town, and with other sources from which 
money was paid into the town treasury, while the payments were compared 
with the treasury warrants approved by the selectmen and with the town 
accountant's books. 

The cash book was footed, and the cash balance on January 21, 1961 
was proved by reconciliation of the bank balances with statements fur- 
nished by the depositories and by verification of the deposits in transit. 

The recorded payments on account of maturing debt and interest 
were verified by comparison with the amounts falling due and checked 
with the cancelled securities and coupons on file. The outstanding 
coupons were listed, and the bond and coupon account was reconciled 
with a statement furnished by the bank of deposit. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the investments 
of the trust and investment funds in the custody of the town treasurer 
and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund were examined and 
listed. The income was proved, and all transactions and balances were 
verified. 

The records of payroll deductions for Federal and State taxes. Blue 
Cross and Blue Shield, teachers' and county retirement systems, and group 
insurance were examined and checked with the treasurer's books And with 
the town accountant's ledger. The payments to the proper agencies were 



172 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

verified, and the balances on January 21, 1961 were reconciled with the 
controlling accounts in the town accountant's ledger. 

The records of tax titles and tax possessions held by the town were 
examined, listed, and proved with the town accountant's ledger, and 
further verified by comparison with the records at the Registry of Deeds. 

The books and accounts of the tax collector were examined and 
checked. The taxes, excise, and assessments, outstanding at the time of 
the previous audit, as well as all subsequent commitment lists, were 
checked and proved. The recorded collections were compared with the 
payments to the treasurer, the recorded abatements were checked with 
the assessors' records of abatements granted, and the outstanding 
accounts were listed and reconciled with the respective controlling accounts 
in the town accountant's ledger. 

Further verification of the outstanding accounts was made by mailing 
notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the books as 
owing money to the town, the replies received thereto indicating that the 
accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The financial records of the town clerk were examined. The records 
of receipts on account of dog and sporting licenses, and from miscel- 
laneous charges and fees were checked, the payments to the State and to 
the town being checked with the receipts on file and with the town 
treasurer's books. 

The surety bonds of the town officials required by law to furnish 
such surety were examined and found to be in proper form. 

The records of departmental cash collections of the board of select- 
men and the sealer of weights and measures, as well as of the police, fire, 
health, school, library, and cemetery departments, and of all other 
departments in which money was collected for the town or bills committed 
for collection, were examined and checked. The recorded receipts were 
verified, and the payments to the treasurer were compared with the 
records of the town treasurer and the town accountant. 

In addition to the balance sheet, there are appended to this report 
tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's cash, summaries of the 
tax, excise, assessment, tax title, tax possession, and departmental accounts, 
together with schedules showing the condition and transactions of the 
trust and investment funds. 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 173 

During the progress of the audit cooperation was received from all 
town officials, for which, on behalf of my assistants and for myself, I 
wish to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, 
Assistant Director of Accounts. 
WS:MDG 



174 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



TOWN OF ACTON 



GENERAL 



ASSETS 






Cash: 






General 




$391,694.37 


Advances for Petty: 






School General 


$20.00 
50.00 




School Lunch Program 


70.00 


Accounts Receivable: 






Taxes : 






Levy of 1956: 






Personal Property 

Real Estate 


$272.00 
6.80 




Levy of 1957: 






Personal Property 

Real Estate 


324.00 
1,743.22 




Levy of 1958: 






Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 


6.00 
1,099.80 

3,724.47 




Levy of 1959: 






Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 


16.00 

1,027.50 

111,591.33 




Levy of I960: 






Poll 

Personal Property 

Real Estate 


228.00 

2,319.40 

36,665.71 








$59,024.23 


Motor Vehicles and Trailer Excise: 






Levy of 1958 

Levy of 1959 

Levy of 1960 


$274.14 

1,124.77 

24,461.10 








$25,860.01 


Special Assessments: 






Street: 






Added to Taxes 1957 


$58.52 




Committed Interest: 






Levy of 1957 


26.08 









$84.60 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



175 



Balance Sheet — December 31, 1960 

ACCOUNTS 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $230.15 

State Taxes 1.653.65 

County Retirement System 825.48 

Teachers' Retirement System 24.75 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield 424.60 

Guarantee Deposits: 

Board of Appeals $7.26 

Planning Board 50.73 

Agency : 

County — Dog Licenses 

Tailings: 

Unclaimed Checks 

Cemetery Trust Fund Income: 

Perpetual Care S248.ll 

J. Roland Wetherbee 27.59 

Georgia E. Whitney 10.02 

Luke Blanchard 3.50 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 139.43 

Henry L. Raymond Care 25.00 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 18.16 

Frank R. Knowlton 10.56 

George T. Ames .38 

Sarah A. Watson 13.25 

Carrie F. Wells 25.69 

Recoveries: 

Old Age Assistance 

Federal Grants: 

Disability Assistance: 

Administration 

Assistance 1 66. ) i 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration 4 J.9 * 

Aid 13 135.25 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration 291.80 

Assistance 21,901.56 



$3,158.63 



$57.99 



55.00 



287.76 



$521.69 
6.649.00 



176 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles 

Tax Possessions 


$234.83 
367.73 








Departmental : 

Planning Board 


$78.00 
891.64 
1,013.45 
1,090.72 
134.80 
333.00 


$602.56 


Highway 

Aid to Dependent Children .... 

Old Age Assistance 

School 

Cemetery 




Aid to Highways: 

State 

County 


$23,977.13 
7,427.13 


$3,541.61 


Underestimates, I960 Assessments: 
State Parks and Reservations .... 
County Tax 


$540.32 
1,197.37 


$31,404.26 






$1,737.69 



$514,019.33 



THE TOWN OF ACTON V77 

School — Public Law No. 81—815 1,921.30 

School — Public Law No. 81 — 87 1 23,277.32 

$61,059.98 

Revolving Funds: 

School Lunch 1,876.89 

Appropriation Balances: 

Revenue: 

General $33,158.81 

Non-Revenue: 

Fire Station 733.06 

School Construction -il, 766.35 

$81,658.22 
Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund 1.080.35 

Receipts Reserved for Appropriations: 

Road Machinery 18.317.06 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus 9,224.29 

Overlays Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1956 $278.80 

Levy of 1957 2.067.22 

Levy of 1958 4,830.2" 

Levy of 1959 4,833.93 

Levy of I960 14,404.61 

$26, 114.83 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle aand Trailer Excise $25,860.01 

Special Assessments 84.60 

Tax Title and Possession 602.56 

Departmental 3.541.61 

Aid to Highway 31,40-1.26 

$61,4 

Reserve tor Petty Cash Advance "0.00 

Surpius Revenue 236,094.60 



$514,019.33 



178 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 
Apportioned Assessments Not Due: Street $4,204.55 



$4,204.55 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt: 
Inside Debt Limit: 

General $269,000.00 



Outside Debt Limit: 

General 630,000.00 



$899,000.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 179 



Apportioned Street 
Due in 1961 
1962 


DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS 

Assessment Revenue: 


10.84 

"00.81 


1963 




700.84 


196) 




700.84 


1965 




700.84 


1966 




700.35 




$4,204.55 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 

Serial Loans: 

Inside Debt Limit: 

Fire Station S24,000.00 

Elementary School 245.000.00 



S269.000.00 
Outside Debt Limit: 

Elementary School 630,000.00 

$899,000.00 



1_80 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TRUST AND INVESTMENT FUNDS 

Trust and Investment Funds: 

Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Treasurer $369,321. 28 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$372,786.82 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 18T_ 

TRUST AND INVESTMENT FUNDS 

In Custody of Treasurer: 

Welfare Funds: 

Betsey M. Ball SM, 718.98 

Elizabeth White 26,800.59 

Georgia E. Whitney 14,588.29 

Varnum Tuttle Memorial 10.246.56 

School Funds: 

Charlotte Conant 4,411.95 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 15,369-84 

Library Funds: 

Wilde Memorial 32,462.22 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 9,624.06 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 1.010.90 

Cemetery Funds: 

Perpetual Care 99,141.03 

Hoit and Scott 677.30 

J. Roland Wetherbee 12,286.62 

Georgia E. Whitney 1.829.12 

Luke Blanchard 2,440.81 

Frank C. Hayward 1,392.07 

Susan Noyes Hosmer 95,464.31 

Henry L. Raymond Care 2,432.29 

Henry L. Raymond Monument 1,040.27 

Dr. Robert I. Davis 1.092.57 

Frank R. Knowlton 1,111.92 

George T. Ames 488.90 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil 403-12 

Sarah A. Watson 2,666.01 

Carrie F. Wells 3,150.57 

A. B. Conant Family 1,021.67 

Investment Fund: 

Stabilization 14,449.31 



$369,321.28 



In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 



$372,786.82 



182 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1961 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1961 : 

Cash Balance January 1, 1961 $391,694.37 

Received from State Treasurer 

Disability Assistance #4,820.78 

Disability Assistance — Federal 1,729.10 

Aid Dependent Children — Federal 4,964.09 

Veterans' Service 5,912.14 

Highways — Chapter 90 12,454.03 

Loss on Taxes 2,563.77 

Old Age Assistance 13,971.49 

Old Age Assistance — Federal 21,332.11 

Medical Aid for Aged 12,690.82 

Medical Aid Aged — Federal 12,240.91 

Military Service 2.52 

Snow Removal 320.40 

Highways — Chapter 81 18,907.90 

Corporation Taxes 32,763.87 

School Aid — Chapter 70 87,175.51 

Licenses 44.00 

Aid Dependent Children 1,878.66 

Income Tax 36,278.23 

Meal Taxes 2,766.36 

Transportation — Pupils 10,256.07 

Public Health 65.71 

School Construction — Elementary 20,875.00 

School Construction — McCarthy 5,567.89 

Vocational Education 543.98 



$310,125.34 



Received from County Treasurer 

Highways $8,735.27 

Dog Licenses 1,289.24 



$10,024.51 



THE TOWN OF ACTON m_ 

Received from Town Clerk 

Sporting License Fees $111.80 

Dog Licenses Fees 152.00 

Certificates — Vital Statistics 302.10 

Mortgage Fees 557.00 

Pole Locations 199.50 

Dog Licenses 2,136.75 

Cemetery Deeds — Recording 36.00 

Business Certificates 20.50 

Storage Registrations 75.00 

Street Listings 94.00 



Received from Town Collector 

Poll — I960 $144.00 

Personal Property — I960 1,225.50 

Real Estate — I960 23,004.58 

Motor Vehicle Excise — I960 50,449.07 

Real Estate — 1959 10,401.95 

Motor Vehicle Excise — 1959 409.32 

Real Estate — 1958 3,461.22 

Real Estate — 1957 1,588.42 

Poll — 1959 2.00 

Personal Property — 1959 22.50 

Personal Property — 1957 36.00 

Personal Property — 1956 100.00 

Farm Animal Excise — 1961 200.12 

Poll — 1961 3,506.00 

Personal Property — 1958 54.60 

Motor Vehicle Excise— 1958 12.05 

Betterment Assessment — 1957 58.52 

Committed Interest — 1957 26.08 

Motor Vehicle Excise — 1961 133,892.79 

Personal Property — 1961 59,987.18 

Real Estate — 1961 863,732.65 

Betterment Assessment — 1961 700.8 4 

Committed Interest — 196I 168.19 

Tuition — Schools — Others - [2.03 

Lien Certificates 792.00 

Planning Board 28.00 

Interest — on Taxes 2,487.02 

Care Cemetery Lots — 1959 6.50 

Care Cemetery Lots — I960 ^28.00 



$3,684.65 



184 



226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 



Boston & Maine R. R. Co. 
Blanchard Auditorium 



141.75 
40.00 



$1,157,748.88 



Miscellaneous Receipts 

EMPLOYEE S — PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS 

Blue Cross - Blue Shield $5,794.54 

State Withholding Taxes 6,627.99 

County Retirement 10,113.46 

Federal Withholding Taxes 72,220.15 

Teacher's Insurance 701.50 

Teacher's Retirement 13,102.44 

Group Insurance 239.36 

Machinery Account 

SCHOOL DEPARTMENTS 

Lunch Account $50,431.62 

J. L. McCarthy — Cafeteria 88.00 

Blanchard Auditorium 5,814.92 

Blanchard Hall 50.00 

Treasurer United States — Federal 23,157.14 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Licenses $807.00 

Miscellaneous 225.50 

Building Permits 5,439.50 

Wiring Permits 2,305.75 

License — I960 1.00 



SUPERINTENDENT — CEMETERIES 

Burials $2,140.00 

Lowering Device 147.00 

Sale of Lots 1,000.00 

Chapel Fees 140.00 

Miscellaneous 98.00 

Liner Installations 50.00 

Foundations 313.65 



$108,799.44 
6,703.55 



$79,541.68 



$8,778.75 



$3,888.65 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 



185 



CHIEF OF POLICE 

Pistol Permits 


$112.00 

51.25 
30.00 




Bicycle Registrations 

Dealer Permits 








CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Rentals — Fire Stations 


S180.00 

100.50 

13.50 


$193.2*) 


Permits — Various 

Damages — Fire Alarm 





BOARD OF HEALTH 

Licenses S46.00 

Nurse Services 869.00 

Plumbing Permits 2,083.50 

Sewage Permits 3,150.00 

Dental Clinic 13.00 

Miscellaneous 4.00 



WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Library Fines 

Notar's Market — License 750.00 

Village Package Store — License 750.00 

Board of Appeals — Hearings 96.00 

Emerson Hospital — General Relief 15.00 

Town of Belmont — Old Age Assistance .... 21.40 

Roland Livcrmore — Hall Rental 575.00 

South Acton Fire Co., — Blue Cross 985.05 

Hodson Fire Equipment — Fire Alarm 48.60 

Recipients — Disability Assistance 32.20 

Concord District Court — Fines 458.25 

Recipients — Old Age Assistance 104.85 

Town of Sudbury — Veterans' Services 29.25 

Sheldon Express — Highway 2.45 

Auto Machine Service — Machinery A/c .... 29. 16 

L. & M. Auto Service — Machinery A/c 38.25 

Town of Boxborough — Tuition _: >.1P 

Central District Court — Aid Children 268.95 

City of Cambridge — Old Age Assistance .. 564.87 

Town of Wellesley — Old Age Assistance .. [0M 

Town of Weston — Old Age Assistance .... 213.18 



$294.00 



$6,165.50 



882.0. 



186 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Recipients — General Relief 143.70 

American City — Village Account 4.00 

Planning Board — Hearings 125.00 

George K. Hayward — Sealer Weights 163.65 

Recipients — Medical Aid Aged 15.00 

Fullonton & Decker — Guaranty Deposit .. 200.00 

Town of Townsend — Old Age Assistance 11.72 

Town of Concord — Old Age Assistance 152.14 

Town of Concord — Land Tax 29.91 

Eastern Farmer's Exchange — Highway .24 

South Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 90.00 

Center Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 90.00 

West Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 95.00 

Treasury Notes — Earned Income 1,179.14 

Emerson Hospital — Old Age Assistance .... 17.50 

City of Maiden — Old Age Assistance 301.02 

Middlesex House Correction — Fines 10.00 

Middlesex County Bank — Note 352 75,000.00 

Middlesex County Bank — Accrued Interest 9.96 

Town of Maynard — Old Age Assistance .. 8.66 
Union Nat'l Bank — Notes — Fire Station 60,000.00 

Union Nat'l Bank — Premium 180.00 

Union Nat'l Bank — Accrued Interest 25.00 

International Harvester — Highways 25.72 

Lawrence Nichols — Guaranty Deposit 200.00 

John E. Finigan — Guaranty Deposit 750.00 

School Department — Telephone Tolls 59.00 

School Department — Miscellaneous 8.00 

Carl W. Flint — Sale Dogs 21.00 

Recipient — Elizabeth White Fund 50.00 

Construction and Development Corporation 

— Bond — Streets 1,500.00 



$145,561.56 



Perpetual Care — Woodlawn Cemetery 

Mildred Fraser :... $100.00 

George Nold .......: 200.00 

Estate Ida Harris 150.00 

George A. Wilkes 100.00 

John Anderson 200.00 

Estate Esther Spicer 100.00 

Margaret Hickey 100.00 

Lottie M. Dagenias 200.00 

Linda F. Hamlin.. 200.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON U37 

Norman Venstra 200.00 

Ann T. Staples 100.00 

Francis Morris 100.00 

Estate Pearl Livermore 250.00 

Symonds and Tuttle 400.00 

Estate David Morrison 200.00 



Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope Cemetery 

John B. Byers S200.00 

Helen Tolman 200.00 

Harry E. Holt 100.00 



Transfers to Town Account 

Elizabeth White Fund S825.00 

Cemetery Fund 1,500.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,000.00 

Harry O'Neil's Fund 28.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 125.00 

Stabilization Fund 19,784.81 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 30.00 

Memorial Library — Tainter Fund 1,714.17 

Memorial Library Fund 400.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 100.00 

Sarah Watson Fund 75.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 525.00 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 25.00 

A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund 25.00 

Carrie Wells Fund 25.00 

George T. Ames Fund 25.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 75.00 

Hoit and Scott Fund 25.00 

Robert Davis Cemetery Fund 50.00 



Trust Fund Income 

Acton High School Library Fund $146.26 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 380.52 

Cemetery Fund 3,128.74 

A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund $7.50 



S2,600.00 



S 500.00 



f27,356.9fl 



m 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Elizabeth White Fund 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Frank C. Hayward Fund 

Hoit and Scott Fund 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund ... 

Varnum Tuttle Fund 

J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund ... 

Sarah A. Watson Cemetery Fund 

Stabilization Fund 

Memorial Library Fund 

Memorial Library — Tainter Fund 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

George T. Ames Fund 

Harry O'Neil's Fund 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Carrie E. Wells Cemetery Fund 

Robert A. Davis Cemetery Fund 

Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Luke Blanchard Monument Fund 

Luke Blanchard Memorial Fund 



Total Receipts for year 1961 

Cash Balance January 1, 1961 

Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1961 
Cash Balance December 31, 1961 



983.21 




523.37 




58.12 




37.50 




10.94 




20.12 




101.94 




3,147.99 




375.00 




365.65 




96.88 




433.81 




675.32 




501.89 




562.50 




266.74 




16.28 




13.02 




29.69 




112.50 




40.00 




38.75 




3.65 




5.02 






$12,112.91 


1 


fcl, 884,971. 93 




391,694.37 


< 


£2,276,666.30 


< 


£1,817,604.53 




$459,051.51 



OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONDS 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, 
General Laws 46 to 90 due 1962 to 
1970, Julia L. McCarthy School $45,000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 645, 
Acts of 1948, 91 to 200 due 1962 to 
1972, Julia L. McCarthy School $110,000.00 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 189 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, 
Section 7, Clause 3, 61 to 240, due 1962 
to 1977, New School S180.000.00 

Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 645, 
Acts of 1948, 121 to 600 due 1962 to 
1977, New School S480,000.0() 

Eire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General 

Laws, 338 to 349, due 1962 512,000.00 

Fire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General 

Laws, 353 to 412, due 1962 to 1966 .... $60,000.00 



Acton High School Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $4,000.00 

Income Balance 411.95 

$4,411.95 

Received Interest for 1961 161.81 

$4,573.76 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $4, 573.76 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $7,090.00 

Income Balance 2,534.06 

S9.62j.00 

Received to Fund in 1961 

Company Salaries S275.00 

Interest 363.49 

$10,262.55 

Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $10,262.55 



190 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

George T. Ames Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $465.49 

Income Balance 23.41 

$488.90 

Received Interest for 1961 17.12 

$506.02 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $481.02 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$506.02 

Betsey M. Ball Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $10,095.26 

Income Balance 3,623.72 

$13,718.98 

Received Interest for 1961 517.02 

$14,236.00 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $14,236.00 

Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $81,972.21 

Income Balance 17,168.82 

$99,141.03 

Received for Perpetual Care $3,100.00 

Received Interest for 1961 3,725.34 

6,825.3-4 

$105,966.37 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $102,763.87 

U. S. Savings Bonds 1.700.00 

Cash on Hand 2.50 

Transfers to Town Account 1,500.00 

$105,966.3" 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 191_ 

A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 21.67 

SI, 021.67 

Received Interest for 1961 38.39 

$1,060.06 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 035. 06 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

SI, 060. 06 

Dr. Robert I. Davis Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 92.57 

$1,092.57 

Received Interest for 1961 43-99 

Si. 136.56 
Balance December 31. 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 086. 56 

Transfer to Town Account 50.00 



Elizabeth White Fund 



SI, 136.56 



Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Income Balance 1,800.59 

$26,800.59 

Received Interest for 1961 1,077.45 

Balance December 31. 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks 

Cash on Hand 50.00 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1961 5.00 

- 7,878.04 



292 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund 
Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $15,000.00 

Income Balance 369.84 

$15,369.84 

Received Interest for 1961 578.21 

$15,948.05 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $15,948.05 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Income Balance 514.59 

514,588.29 

Received Interest for 1961 545.34 

$15,133.63 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks Sl4,608.63 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1961 525.00 

$15,133.63 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Income Balance 329.12 

SI, 829.12 
Received Interest for 1961 70.65 

$1,899.77 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 799. 77 

Transfer to Town Account 100.00 

$1,899.77 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 193 

Frank C. Hayward Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund SI, 000. 00 

Income Balance 392.07 

$1,392.07 

Received Interest for 1961 52.45 

SI, 444. 52 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,444.52 

Hoit and Scott Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund S500.00 

Income Balance 177.30 

$677.30 

Received Interest for 1961 17.56 

$694.86 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks S669.86 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$6< 

Mrs. Harry O'Neil's Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $372.39 

Income Balance 30.73 

I 03.12 

Received Interest for 1961 L4.09 

Sir. 21 
Balance December 31. 1 96 1 

Deposits in Savings Banks $389.21 

Transfer to Town Account 

$417.21 



194 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Frank R. Knowlton Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Income Balance 111.92 

$1,111.92 
Received Interest for 1961 43.36 

$1,155.28 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $1,130.28 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,155.28 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $2,381.45 

Income Balance 59.36 

— $2,440.81 

Received Interest for 1961 93.21 

$2,534.02 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,504.02 

Transfer to Town Account 30.00 

$2,534.02 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 
Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Income Balance 340.27 

$1,040.27 

Received Interest for 1961 33.64 



$1,073.91 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $1,073.91 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 195 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $2,000.00 

Income Balance 432.29 

$2,432.29 
Received Interest for 1961 101. 94 

$2,534.23 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks S2, 459.23 

Transfer to Town Account 75.00 

52,534.23 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Income Balance 13,225.36 

$95,464.31 
Received Interest for 1961 3.657.97 

$99,122.28 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $97,122.28 

Transfer to Town Account 2,000.00 

599.122.28 



Varnum Tuttle Memorial Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 246.56 

$10,246 
Received Interest for 1961 >85. I? 

$10,63 

Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Banks $10,63 



196 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Income Balance 2,286.62 

$12,286.62 

Received Interest for 1961 453.22 



$12,739-84 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $12, 614.84 

Transfer to Town Account 125.00 



$12,739.84 



Wilde Memorial Library Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $31,890.21 

Income Balance 572.01 

$32,462.22 

Received Interest for 1961 1,212.38 



$33,674.60 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks 330,560.43 

West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 2,114.17 

$33,674.60 

Sarah A. Watson Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $2,500.00 

Income Balance 166.01 

$2,666.01 

Received Interest for 1961 104.10 

$2,770.11 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,715.11 

Transfer to Town Account 55.00 

$2,770.11 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 197 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $1,010.90 

Received Interest for 1961 38.23 

$1,049.13 
Balance December 31, 1961 
Deposits in Savings Bank SI, 049. 13 



Stabilization Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $13,000.00 

Income Balance 1,449.31 

$14,449.31 

Received Interest for 1961 $494.05 

Article 5 — Town Meeting 7,000.00 

57,-494.05 

$21,943.36 
Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $2,158.^5 

Transfer to Town Account 19,784.81 

$21,943.36 

Carrie Wells Cemetery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1961 

Principal Fund $3,000.00 

Income Balance 150.57 

. $3,150.57 

Received Interest for 1961 118.02 

168.59 

Balance December 31, 1961 

Deposits in Savings Banks $3,243.59 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

68.59 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR. 
Town Treasun r. 



SECTION F 



Town Officers and Appointments 199 

Jury List 207 

Federal and State Officers 209 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 199 

TOWN OFFICERS 

Moderator 

James Edward Kinsley 

Selectmen 

Lawrence Donnelly Term Expires 1962 

Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 1963 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 1964 

Town Clerk Town Treasurer 

Charles M. MacRae Wm. Henry Soar 

Assessors 

Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1962 

James W. Baker Term Expires 1963 

Carl C Flint Term Expires 1964 

Town Collector Tree Warden 

Wm. Henry Soar Franklin H. Charter 

Board of Public Welfare 

Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1962 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1963 

Raymond A. Gallant Term Expires 1964 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1962 

Harlan E. Tuttle Term Expires 1963 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1961 

Constables 

Edward J. Collins, Jr. T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribncr 

Trustees of Memorial Library- 
Florence W. Durkee Term Expires 1962 

Richard A. Bodge Term Expires L963 

Roland R. MacLean Term Expires 1964 



200 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Local and Regional School Committees 

Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 

Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1962 

Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 

Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 

Edward Richter Term Expires 1964 

Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 



Board of Health 

Robert C. Heustis Term Expires 1962 

Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1963 

Donnell W. Boardman Term Expires 1964 

Planning Board 

John H. Loring Term Expires 1962 

David P. Tinker Term Expires 1963 

William M. Veazey Term Expires 1964 

Donald E. Donnelly Term Expires 1965 

Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1966 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1962 

Eleanor P. Wilson Term Expires 1963 

Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1964 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1962 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1963 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1964 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1962 

Clarence Frost Term Expires 1963 

Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1964 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

James N. Gates Term Expires 1962 

Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1963 

Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1964 



THE TOWN OF ACTON 2M 

APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1961 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Finance Committee 

Carl R. Godfrey Term Expires 1962 

Walter B. Newsham Term Expires 1962 

Thomas N. Rogers Term Expires 1963 

*Edward B. Apel Term Expires 1963 

**James K. Skilling 

James R. Brown Term Expires 1964 

Mary K. Hadley Term Expires 1964 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

Board of Appeals 



Craig E. Lundberg Term Expires 1962 

William C. Sawyer Term Expires 1963 

Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1964 

Associates 

Herschel N. Hadley Term Expires 1963 

Harold F. Nordberg Term Expires 196 ! 

Superintendent of Streets 
Allen H. Nelson 

Registrars of Voters 



James B. Wilson Term Expires 1962 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1963 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1964 

Charles M. MacRae Ex-Ofncio 

Town Accountant 

Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1962 

Chief of Fire Department 
(Permanent) 

H. Stuart MacGregor 



202 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Town Forest Committee 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1962 

Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1963 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1964 

Election Officers 
Precinct I 

Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin 
Clerk — Inga Frost 

Inspectors — Alice H. May, Alice C. Duren 
Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards 

Deputy Inspectors — Adelaide G. Cornwall, Marion E. Stevens 
Tellers — Edna R. Custance, Paul C. Cornwall, Walter Warren Dis- 
tance, Katharine M. Condon, Helen C. McNiff, Gladys Duston 

Precinct II 

Warden — Margaret Larsen 
Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker 
Inspectors — Martha I. Lowden, Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Ellen G. Beck 
Deputy Clerk — Phyllis M. Moyer 
Deputy Inspectors — Hazel P. Vose, Michael J. Walsh 
Tellers — Elsie T. Winslow, Nancy Nastasi, Clara Gunzelmann, Mabel 
S. McKelvie, Margaret I. Cullinane, Irene Young 

Precinct III 

Warden — Barbara J. McPhee 

Clerk — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Inspectors — Barbara Nylander, Martin J. Duggan 

Deputy Warden — Harry E. Holt 

Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza 

Deputy Inspectors — Elsie M. Godfrey, Genevieve L. Hatch 
Tellers — Minnie C Veasie, Elizabeth H. Gray, Nancy E. Oelschlegel, 
Mary H. Prentice, Esther Perry, Anna G. Mahar 

Inspector of Animals Dog Officer 

Carl W. Flint Carl W. Flint 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 
George K. Hayward 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 
Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen 



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Recreation Commission 

Allan R. Murray Term Expires 1962 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1963 

Gladys K. Mason Term Expires 1964 

William J. Phillips Term Expires 1965 

♦Patience H. MacPherson Term Expires 1965 

**Richard H. Murphy 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 

Fence Viewers 

Laurence Hadley Allan R. Murray 

Fire Alarm Operator 

Frederic W. Rimbach 



William C. Kazokas 



Field Drivers 



George Kemp 



Superintendent of Moth Work 

Franklin H. Charter 



Burial Agent 

Ian M. Mott 



Veterans' Agent 

Ian M. Mott 



Director of Veterans' Services 
Ian M. Mott 



Inspector of Wires 
Leslie F. Parke 



Police Officers 

♦Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief 

*Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant 

♦ Warren F. Birch, Sergeant (Resigned) 

♦David W. Scribner, Acting Sergeant 

Richard N. Farrell 



♦William J. Durkin, Jr. 
♦Norman L. Roche 
♦William S. Kendall, Jr. 

(Resigned) 
♦Robert A. Bartlett 
♦John V. Gregory 
♦Robert S. Rhodes 
♦Carl Simeone 
Franklin H. Charter 

♦ Civi 



James P. Conheeney, Jr. 

Peter M. Brown 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy 

Allen H. Nelson 

Irving W. Davis 

Carl W. Flint 

Ray L. Harris 

1 Service 



204 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Thereon A. Lowden 

Director of Civil Defense 

John F. McLaughlin 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Robert A. Bartlett 

Public Weighers 

William Braman Paul Greenough 

G. Howard Reed Harold Whitney 

Oliver W. LeBlanc, Jr. Robert Greenough 

Barbara LeBlanc A. W. Davis 

Carl W. Flint Arthur P. Genetti 

Harold A. Merriam Alan C Wagner 

Otis J. Reed Paul M. Wagner, Jr. 

Counsel to the Board of Selectmen 
Richard S. McCabe 

Town Engineer 
Fred K. Hanack 

Assistant Town Engineer 

Lewis L. Bowker, Jr. 

Building Inspector Deputy Building Inspector 

Albert E. Foster H. Stuart MacGregor 

Archives Committee 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Term Expires 1962 

Joyce C. Woodhead Term Expires 1963 

*Walter Warren Custance Term Expires 1964 

**Warren F. Birch 

* Deceased ** Appointed to replace * 

Town Report Committee 

*Phillip C. Lende Term Expires 1962 

**Anne H. Schwarzkopf 

Louise M. Gardiner Term Expires 1963 

Louis C. Schwaab Term Expires 1964 

* Resigned ** Appointed to replace * 



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Personnel Board 

Clyde J. Home Term Expires 1962 

George E. Parker Term Expires 1962 

Peter Gray Term Expires 1963 

John T. Dargin Term Expires 1963 

Charles W. Whitehead Term Expires 1964 

Warren L. Newell Term Expires 1964 

Industrial Development Commission 

Aubrey L. Beck Term Expires 1962 

Richard J. O'Neil Term Expires 1962 

Frederick H. Bubier Term Expires 1963 

Paul H. Lesure Term Expires 1964 

Stephen E. Lord Term Expires 1965 

Allen M. ChristofFerson Term Expires 1966 

Town Building Committee 

Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1962 

Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1963 

Warren W. Wheeler Term Expires 1964 

Arnold H. Mercier Term Expires 1965 

Insurance Committee 

Thomas Motley II Theron A. Lowden 

Raymond A. Gallant Charles M. MacRae 

David P. Tinker 

Memorial Day Committee 

Mrs. Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1962 

Carroll M. Feltus Term Expires 1962 

Stanley A. Nedza Term Expires 1962 

Mrs. Edmond J. McNifF Term Expires 1962 

Theron A. Lowden Term Expires 1963 

William R. Horton Term Expires 1963 

Paul K. Zimmer Term Expires 196-} 

Sumner D. Zimmer Term Expires 1964 

Conservation Commission 

Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1962 

Robert J. Ellis Term Expires L963 

James M. Shepard Term Expires L963 

Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 196 i 

David P. Tinker Term Expires I 



206 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Street Lighting Committee 

John F. Neville Joseph F. Bushell 

Byrd D. Goss 

Public Works Department 
Study Committee 

David L. May William L. Chipman 

Arthur E. Hansen 

Town Employees Insurance Advisory Committee 

David W. Scribner Viola M. Foley 

Stewart Kennedy Arno H. Perkins 

Carolyn Douglas 

Community Advisory Council to Assist Mass Transportation 
Commission 

John W. Putnam Allen G. Moody 



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REVISED JURY LIST— 1961 

Precinct I 

James G. Davey, 507 Main Street, retired 

Orlando A. Vanaria, 36 Wetherbee Street, supervisor 

Andrew F. Boutin, 1 Green Wood Lane, superintendent 

Donald E. Bryant, 56 Alcott Street, Vice-President 

Arthur F. Carlson, 50 Newtown Road, design draftsman 

William J. Flanders, 47 Alcott Street, T.V. engineer 

Edwin C. Harkins, 13 Coughlin Street, salesman 

Clarence P. Henley, 21 Henley Road, carpenter 

Maurice P. Jenney, 68 Esterbrook Road, construction 

Roy H. Johnson, 532 Great Road, tool maker 

Donald H. Kneeland, 2 Flagg Road, salesman 

Ralph C. Morse, 60 Great Road, real estate and insurance broker 

Ralph S. Nichols, 1 Emerson Drive, superintendent 

Arthur J. Patterson, 265 Great Road, tool maker 

Leroy W. Rioux, 126 Great Road, dealer 

Joseph G. Robertson, 282 Main Street, human engineer 

Arthur E. Schenck, 6 Hosmer Street, sales manager 

Stanton M. Sherman, 30 Concord Road, technical writer 

Harold E. Thompson, 99 Concord Road, manager 

Reino A. Tuomanen, 5 Hayward Road, manager 

Nicholas Van Ness, 4 Hawthorne Street, insurance agent 

Hugh M. Wamboldt, 10 Esterbrook Road, service manager 

Roscoe F. Wilkins, 22 Carlisle Road, tool maker 

William E. Wilson, Jr., 510 Great Road, foreman 

Robert C. Wylie. 51 Alcott Street, purchasing agent 

Precinct II 

Clarence D. Files, 8 Sylvia Street, salesman 
Henry McLaren, 203 Main Street, civil engineer 
Albert Braman, 45 Robbins Street, carpenter 
Medville L. Clark, 246 School Street, retired 
Russell D. Hayward, 85 Central Street, die finisher 
Frank I. Averett, 95 Parker Street, deliveryman 
Alan F. Batstone, 50 Conant Street, mechanical designer 
Robert B. Butler, 7 Fairway Road, sales representative- 
John B. Byers, 46 Main Street, milkman 

Thomas F. Codyer, Jr., 11 Billings Street, precision mechanic 
John T. Dargin, 56 Conant Street, director labor relations 
Charles M. Davis, 240 Main Street, sales manager 
Irving W. Davis, 201 High Street, guard 
Harold W. Flood, 183 Main Street, chemical engineer 
Malcolm E. Fullonton, 16 Piper Road, painter 
Robert H. Gerhardt, 14 Beverly Road, engineer 



208 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 

Bruce W. Hamblin, 119 Hosmer Street, payroll auditor 

David W. Hartwell, 13 Billings Street, warehouse manager 

Charles T. Kirk, 13 Beverly Road, electrical engineer 

Raymond J. Livingstone, 2 Brucewood Road, manufacturer's agent 

William A. Massie, Jr., 52 Laws Brook Road, radar engineer 

John M. Miller, 40 Conant Street, salesman 

James J. Mulvany, 75 Maple Street, salesman 

Clarence J. Nelson, 27 Central Street, machinist 

Harold E. Nickerson, 74 Liberty Street, field representative 

Precinct III 

Clarence M. Turner, 143 Willow Street, engineer 

G. Calvert Wilson, 14 Nash Road, co-ordinator 

Herbert S. Broadwell, 23 Seneca Road, engineer 

Franklin H. Charter, 121 Hayward Road, tree surgeon 

Philip G. Clemence, 38 Windsor Avenue, clerk 

Robert H. Fiske, 18 Mohegan Road, wholesale lumber salesman 

Arthur E. Hansen, 29 Mohawk Drive, assistant superintendent 

David C Benedict, 2 Duggan Road, chemical engineer 

Louis C. Bentley, Jr., 4 Mohegan Road, salesman 

Harvey M. Brown, 7 Betsy Ross Lane, linotype machinist 

Gerald R. Burgess, 86 Charter Road, carpenter 

John A. Dagdigian, 7 Church Street, machinery manufacturer 

Russell E. Dow, 1 Seneca Road, lumber salesman 

John L. Harding, 9 Mohawk Drive, design engineer 

Martin S. Meigs, 46 Nashoba Road, real estate 

George E. Neagle, 66 Summer Street, draftsman 

William J. Phillips, 22 Homestead Street, shipping clerk 

Loren B. Prentice, 446 Massachusetts Avenue, engineering aide 

Edward A. Shaw, 37 Windsor Avenue, salesman 

Warren A. Silva, 113 Central Street, laboratory 7 technician 

James D. Sutherland, 24 Nash Road, head cashier 

William M. Veazey, 4 Agawam Road, civil engineer 

James C Walters, 105 Arlington Street, claim supervisor 

Edward C. Warren, 71 Seminole Road, mechanical engineer 

Raymond L. White, Jr., 143 Prospect Street, office manager 



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FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS 




President of the United States 

John F. Kennedy 

Vice-President of the United States 

Lyndon B. Johnson 

United States Senators 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Benjamin Smith 

Representative in Congress 

F. Bradford Morse — Fifth Congressional District 



Officials of the Commonwealth 



Governor 

Lieutenant Governor 

Secretary 

Treasurer 

Auditor 

Attorney General 

Governor's Council 
Third District 



John A. Volpe 
Edward F. McLaughlin 
Kevin H. White 
John T. Driscoll 
Thomas J. Buckley 
Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 

John \V. Costello 
Jamaica Plain, Mass. 



Senator 

Worcester Middlesex District 



Charles W. Olson 
Ashland, Mass. 



Representative in the 
General Court 
Eleventh Middlesex District 



Vernon R. Fletcher 
Chelmsford. Mass.